Extension Partner Shares Fruit-based Drink Recipes for Holidays

Tue, 12/20/2022 - 13:26

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Making fruit juices and vegetable blends could be a good alternative to serving soft drinks during holiday feasts, according to MoCA Family Farm RLearning Center, Inc. owner Gigi Morris.

In an interview on the “Agri Asenso” teleradyo program on DZRH, Morris shared some tips in making juices and blends using fruits and vegetables which they usually prepare as welcome drinks for visitors at their farm in Padre Garcia, Batangas.

“Whether we’re in an urban area or a rural community, we usually have access to fruits and sometimes we are not able to fully utilize these… But [making fruit drinks or juice] is very simple and this is something that mommies can do at home. They can use very simple ingredients and those that are already available,” she said.

One of her tips is starting with fruits that are in season and mixing these with other flavors. Bananas, which are available all year round, may be used as base for fruit drinks, as well as cucumber.

Oranges may also be added for tangy flavor, and even ginger according to Morris. Sparkling water may also be used and served for those who like drinking soda.

“It’s fun to experiment with different kinds of flavor profile until you find the best one that suits your taste. Just play around with different flavors,” she said.

Morris added that these drinks may last a week if stored in the refrigerator or freezer, but it is advisable to drink everything as soon as possible. She also encouraged listeners to use sugar sparingly especially if the fruits used are already sweet.

MoCA Family Farm RLearning Center, Inc. is a small family farm that also offers training courses on different production and processing technologies as an extension service provider of the Agricultural Training Institute.

Watch Morris’ complete interview in the online stream of Agri Asenso’s 91st episode last December 17. The video is available at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3382159198740485.