(STAR) Here’s another new product developed through research: seaweed puto. The food item made out of Kappaphycus (red seaweed or red alga) is one of the latest developed by Dean Laurentina Paler-Calmorin of the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College-College of Fisheries and Allied Sciences (NIPSC-CFAS) in Estancia, Iloilo.

In a research report provided this writer, Dr. Calmorin said that her new creation scored an almost perfect acceptability rating from 26 panelists. In a scale of one (dislike extremely) to nine (like extremely), her seaweed puto scored 8.54, or like extremely.

“The shelf life of seaweed puto, when stored at room temperature, was three days; refrigerator, one week; and freezer, one month. Hence, seaweed puto is very much acceptable and has a longer shelf life,” the multi-awarded food scientist said.

Cultured at the Bulubadyang Island in Estancia, Kappaphycus is locally known as gozo.

Owing to the bulk of Kappaphycus during harvest, Dr. Calmorin used this red seaweed in making puto, muffins, and ice cream.

“These three products from Kappaphycus are very much acceptable, salable, and profitable,” she noted.

The materials used in making seaweed puto are carrageenan (2 cups), coconut milk (one cup), sugar (1 1/2 cups), flour (three cups), and baking powder (two tablespoons).

For the details in making seaweed puto, those interested may communicate with Dr. Calmorin at NIPSC-CFAS in Estancia, Iloilo.

By the way, this creative and resourceful scientist has already made an array of snack items (polvoron, cookies, etc.) out of offal (fish wastes), earning for her the fond title “Queen of Wastes”. — Rudy A. Fernandez

Deadline for submission of Binhi Awards entries set Oct 12 Sunday, September 16, 2007

(STAR) Participants in the 2006-2007 Binhi Awards contest sponsored annually by the Philippine Agricultural Journalists (PAJ), have until Oct. 12 to submit their entries.

Sanny Galvez, PAJ president, said the contest, which has a total prize of P300,000, is open to anyone who has written and published articles on agriculture.

“We welcome entries from writers, journalists, photographers, and broadcasters who would wish to join the contest. Their entires, published, aired or launched during the contest period from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007, should be relevant to agriculture,” Galvez said.

Noel Reyes of the Department of Agriculture who is PAJ vice president of external affairs and chairman of this year Binhi Awards Committee, said the winners will be announced on Dec. 14, during the Binhi Awards Night at the Sulu Hotel a in Quezon City.

There are nine categories: Agricultural Journalist, Agribeat Reporter, Environment Journalist, Environment Story, Photo Journalist, Agri Magazine and Newsletter, Info/Media Campaign and Radio Program.

Entries should be submitted to PAJ Binhi Awards Committee, c/o Departtment of Agriculture-AFIS, Elliptical Rd., Diliman, Quezon City. Each entry should have a nomination letter signed by the editor, head of agency or institution. No entry fee is required. However, non-PAJ members are enjoined to enlist and pay P200 for membership fee.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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