By: John Maico Hernandez

Mushroom processing is Kabuteng Kabuhayan!

A strong livelihood potential is expected to spring up in Brgy. Balisong, Batangas through production of mushroom-based products made possible after the conduct of Training on Mushroom Processing with Awareness-Seminar on Basic Food Hygiene and on current Good Manufacturing Practices, June 15.

Mushrooms contain some of the most powerful natural medicines on the planet. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, licensed Physician and Surgeon, about 100 species of mushrooms are being studied for their health-promoting benefits, and about a half dozen really stand out for their ability to deliver a tremendous boost to man’s immune system. The health benefits of mushrooms include relief from high cholesterol levels, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and diabetes. More than these, mushrooms also contain glutamic acid that makes it suitable as substitute for meat and for processing into chips, chicharron, laing and longganisa among others.

Dr. Jennish Del Rosario, a dentist from Brgy. Balisong, Taal, Batangas aimed to increase the productivity of his fellow entrepreneur in their barangay through adoption of appropriate technologies that would help provide them with profit-generating processed mushroom-based products. In response to this, DOST Batangas partnered with the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) for a conduct of technology training. Ms. Monica Manalo and Ms. Kristie Ann dela Cruz from ITDI Food Processing Division, shared their expertise on mushroom processing with the component of good manufacturing practices.

Recipes on processing mushroom chicharon, laing and longganisa were discussed and demonstrated to participants. Food preservation and health benefits of mushroom were also discussed in conjunction with the basic food hygiene and good manufacturing practices. Issues on product packaging and labelling, frying, attainment of desired chicharon crispiness, product costing and use of equipment were also addressed.