Maximize Your Income From Your Harvest Of Saba Banana

Norma Villanueva, former president of Philippine Horticultural Society, doing the Nilupak.
That’s also me, Zac B. Sarian, doing the Nilupak. In leisure farms or farm tourist destinations, making Nilupak could be a DIY recreational activity where participants pay a fee.Of course, they will eat their own Nilupak.

If you are an enterprising grower of Saba banana, you can maximize income from your harvest. Donโ€™t just sell one fruit at P2 just like what most growers get for their Saba. You can add value in a number of ways.

For instance, you can make what Tagalogs call Nilupak This is boiled Saba (not overripe) which is pounded using mortar and pestle. Added to the boiled banana maybe butter or condensed milk, or sugar. Maybe grated coconut, too. This is not often available in food stalls so it can be a unique offering that many people would like to try.

If your farm is a farm tourism destination, you can make Nilupak making as a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) recreational activity where the participants pay a certain fee. This could be a money-making idea.

By making banana-cue, the value of the Saba could be several times higher.
Two roasted Saba in a stick (foreground at right) sell for P30 in stalls in front of Sirao Garden Little Amsterdam.

Then, if you are in the right location, you can use your Saba to make Turon, Banana-cue and even roasted banana in a stick. We observed that these Saba preparations are a hit at the food stalls in front of the Sirao Garden Little Amsterdam in the highlands of Cebu City. Two roasted Saba in a stick sell for P30 at the Little Amsterdam.

So you see, thereโ€™s more money when you add value to your Saba harvest.

Turon is another Saba preparation well liked by many.
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