Ampalaya or Bitter Melon (Momordica Charantia) is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in the Amazon, Caribbean, South east Asia such as Philippines for its edible fruit. For the culinary uses in the Philippines, popularly known as the AMPALAYA, may be stir fried with ground beef and oyster sauce or sometimes with eggs and diced tomato. One of the popular dish in Philippines was pinakbet especially in region of Luzon which is Ilocos, consists mainly of bitter melons, okra, eggplant, tomatoes, string beans and other various regional vegetables altogether stewed with sauteed shrimp paste or the bagoong-based stock.
But the indigenous farmers of Liliw, Laguna had found a more creative way of utilizing one of the most ubiquitous crops of the land – the lowly bitter ground.
Grown on the foothills of Mount Banahaw, in the town of Liliw, these bitter melon, known to many as ampalaya are planted and harvested with care, fermented to perfection, and finally bottled into the wine that you are holding right now – preserving both the smooth mellow taste of a full bodied wine, and the healthful benefits of bitter melon.
Finally, you can now drink to your health. CHEERS!
In year 2013, a Filipino scientist based in Australia was giving the local farmers of Liliw a seminar on organic farming. When he asked to visit the plantation of upland farmers near Mt. Banahaw, he saw tons of harvest that were left to rot in the fields because of over production.
After a few months, Dr. Val came back, this time his friend, a genius Filipino scientist based in California, USA and the brains behind the technology that converts fruits and vegetables into wine. Thus, the winery conceived and CROPS Corp. was born.
CROPS is an acronym for Community Related Organization’s Products and Services. Its initial product offering is the Ampalaya Wine. who would’ve thought, the farmers included, that a lowly bitter melon can be made into a high – quality wine with a unique flavour and aroma, but without the bitter taste of ampalaya.
The Top 10 Health Benefits of Ampalaya or Bitter Melon
- Anti – Diabetes 6. Good for the heart
- Anti – Cancer 7. Skin improvement
- Antioxidant 8. Goodbye “Bad hair day”
- Immuno – booster 9. Effective in weight loss
- Appetite Suppressor 10. Helps in digestion
The Top 8 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine
- Provides longevity
- Reduces the risk of heart attack
- Lowers the risk of heart disease
- Reduces risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Lowers risk of stroke
- Cuts risks of cataracts
- Cuts risk of colon cancer
- Slow down brain decline
For more info about the Ampalaya Wine of CROPS Wine and Spirit of Liliw, Laguna; you can contact Mr. Andy Brofar.
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