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.

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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.”

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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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