Benguet Gooseberry: Try It If You Happen To Go To La Trinidad; Try Also The Wild Sunflower Honey

Benguet Gooseberry: Try It If You Happen To Go To La Trinidad; Try Also The Wild Sunflower Honey
Benguet Gooseberry: Try It If You Happen To Go To La Trinidad; Try Also The Wild Sunflower Honey
The indigenous gooseberry from Benguet is nice to eat. It is delightfully sweet.
Benguet cape gooseberry laden with young fruits. This is a volunteer plant growing outside the greenhouse of the Northern Philippines Root Crop Research and Training Center at Benguet State University.

If you go to La Trinidad in Benguet, make sure to experience eating what they call the Benguet Gooseberry. That was what Weng Bienes of Allied Botanical insisted when went there on March 16 to 18, 2017. Well, it was a nice experience to taste the sweetish berry. It is very affordable at P25 a pack.

Benguet Gooseberry: Try It If You Happen To Go To La Trinidad; Try Also The Wild Sunflower Honey
The honey from the wild sunflower is golden yellow (left) while the dark one is from Palawan.

Another interesting info we got is that the honey from the wild sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) is very nice looking. It is pure yellow compared to the dark varieties from Palawan and other places. The problem, according to Prof. Paquito Untalan of Benguet State University who is the Director of the Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center, is that it often crystallizes under ordinary conditions. This is a disadvantage because some people often suspect honey that crystallizes is not pure honey. Prof. Untalan, however, swears it is pure. The reason why it crystallizes is that it has a high concentration of glucose and lower fructose.

 

Prof. Paquito Untalan, director of Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center, showing module for training students in honeybee culture.
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