Commonly called the tree of life, coconuts are abundant in Siquijor Province.
In fact, many products can be derived from this plant. Because of this one firm here in the province is trying to tap the plant’s potential by making several products out of the coconut.
So far, Smylen Dream VCO Enterprises has produced virgin coconut oils, coconut beads, placemats and other GHDs. Now this firm will try to develop its own version of nata de coco from the coconut milk and coconut water. In order to realize that idea, the firm has tapped the expertise of DOST 7 through DOST Siquijor PSTC to train its workers in making nata de coco.
The agency recently conducted an in-house training on nata de coco production at the processing plant of Smylen Dream VCO Enterprises in Candaping B, Maria, Siquijor.
Senior SRS Josie F. Elli who also serves as the DOST 7 consultancy coordinator, was tapped by DOST Siquijor as trainer and resource person of the said activity.
The training was held in 2 separate sessions – the 1st being mixing primary ingredients while the 2nd session involves harvesting and processing of the nata. The firm was given a new insight on how the firm could make use of the coconut water which was previously considered waste of the firm.
The firm looks forward to making nata de coco as a primary product. With plenty of coconust as raw materials in the island province, it would not be difficult to mass produce nata de coco and export them to nearby provinces.
Should the firm succeed in this venture; Smylen Dream VCO Enterprises will join other industries in the nata de coco business in the Philippines.
Wikipedia defines nata de coco as a chewy, translucent, jelly-like food produced by the fermentation of coconut water which gels through the production of microbial cellulose by Acetobacter xylinum. Originating in the Philippines, nata de coco is most commonly sweetened as a candy or dessert, and can accompany a variety of foods, including pickles, drinks, ice cream, puddings, and fruit mixes.
written by: Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, DOST Siquijor PSTC IO-designate