[TECHNOLOGY OF THE WEEK]
One can almost always see a kamias tree in a typical Filipino backyard, especially in rural areas. It is commonly eaten raw or dipped in rock salt or dried. Kamias is also a popular souring agent in Filipino dishes such as paksiw and sinigang.
Aside from its food uses, kamias is known to traditionally treat various illnesses and infections such as skin itches, mumps, rheumatism, animal and insect bites, internal hemorrhoids, and fever, among others.
Kamias, scientifically known as Averrhoa bilimbi Linn. grows in clusters on trees. While it can be found in many provinces in the country, it is said to grow abundantly in the province of Quezon.
Given these many potentials of kamias, the Kilos Unlad ng Mamayan ng Real (KUMARE), Inc., an all-women group based in Real, Quezon, took good advantage of this promising yet underutilized crop through value-adding technologies and product development and commercialization.
More on: https://www.bar.gov.ph/index.php/press-room/news-and-events/6225-all-women-group-in-quezon-sees-potential-of-kamias ------ For more information:
QARES Research Coordinator/Project Leader
DA-Quezon Agricultural Experiment Station
Phone No.: 0933 142-9753
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