A taste of Olympus straight from Pampanga soon
The Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) will soon embark on producing honey wine.
Honey wine, better known as mead, is closely associated with the gods of Olympus as Greek mythology suggests that this considered the “Nectar of the Gods.” Produced by fermenting honey, the beverage is mainly produced in Europe and is considered an alcoholic drink with 7-15 percent alcohol level.
It also carried some health benefits because of its natural raw material, so it is gluten free and is rich in
antioxidants, Vitamin B.
With the support of National Technology Commercialization Program (NTCP) of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), the university is one of the beneficiaries who learned how to produce wine bignay, lipote, abiu, rambutan, pineapple, mango, guyabano, ybanag, arius, sapinit, duhat, tamarind, tambis, and sweet potato.
This will be the first time that the University will try its hand at exploring the honey wine market as its
flagship commodity is mainly tamarind.
The good news is that the production of local honey wine will follow organic production systems or guidelines and will be certified. (By: Angel Ong)
Through the National Technology Commercialization Program (NTCP) of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), various stakeholders from the research stations of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and state universities and colleges (SUCs) were able to produce a variety of wines made from bignay, lipote, abiu, rambutan, pineapple, mango, guyabano, ybanag, arius, sapinit, duhat, tamarind, tambis, and sweet potato. From patronizing tamarind as their flagship commodity, the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) has begun to explore the market potentials of honey wine by producing their own. Honey wine, also known as mead, is considered as the first alcoholic drink brewed by men, earlier than wine or beer, with alcohol level varying between 7-15 percent. In Europe, honey is fermented to produce this beverage, thus, it was also called the “Nectar of the Gods” or “Drink of Love”. Honey wine is also taken as a health tonic drink as it has a good level of antioxidants. B-vitamins are also present which is a good energy booster. Another advantage of honey wine is it contains no gluten and therefore can be enjoyed by people with celiac disease or wheat sensitivities. PSAU’s honey wine was raised following organic production systems or guidelines and is organically certified by Ecoland as the second party certifying body and Negros Island Certification Services (NICERT) as the third party certifying body. To know more visit us at: www.bar.gov.ph ©DA-BAR / Text: Liza Angelica Barral|Photo: BAR #FoodSecurity #NTCP #Apiculture #HoneyWine #PSAU #BARDigest4Q2014