Pinay food technologist combines durian and beer, here’s what happened…

A Filipina food and science technology instructor has combined durian and alcohol to create a probiotic drink. The Pinay behind the healthy durian beer is Kriza Faye Calumba who hails from Davao province, the durian capital of the Philippines.

Calumba used the rind of the fruit and turned it into powder. This would protect the microorganisms necessary for brewing and fermentation. “I learned that the rind of durian has a property that helps preserve the bacteria even in the presence of alcohol,” Calumba told South China Morning Post. “I don’t even eat durian but I know that our province has a lot of durian by-products. This way, by incorporating my study with durian, there may be a future economic use for the tonnes of durian rinds our province produces.”

This sheer novelty value and a love of beer was her inspiration. “We already know how good probiotics are for the body but food or drinks that have them are usually dairy-based,” she added. “So I thought, why not have a beer that has probiotics? It can be another way for those who may be lactose-intolerant … and it can be a healthier option for those who want to enjoy their beer.”

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