Cooks! Give your dishes a surprising twist of sour from the fruit called BATWAN, and help others with your purchase
Batwan (or batuan) is a Filipino fruit and one of the earliest known souring ingredients of Filipino cuisine. Abundant in the islands of Negros and Panay, it’s the secret ingredient in many popular Ilonggo dishes—like kadios, kansi, and inasal—and can be used in place of tamarind, kamias, and guava to give dishes a unique tang that will surprise the palate.
After months of research and development, the Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) Foundation, based in Bacolod City, Negros Island, has developed its Batwan Powder to give Negrenses all over the world a sweet (and sour) taste of home.
NVC’s Batwan Powder is made of 100% natural fruit and nothing else. In the same manufacturing plan that makes Mingo, the nutrition supplement that NVC uses for its feeding programs, the fruit is simply dehydrated and powderized.
Use it for broths (like sinigang or the Thai tom yum goong), sauces, salad dressings, and marinades. It’s also great in iced drinks like smoothies and coolers!
Your purchase helps others
This product is manufactured in NVC’s Mingo plant. Your purchase helps NVC pursue its programs for disadvantaged children and their parents. It also provides a steady source of livelihood for Mingo manufacturing plant workers.
NVC’s batwan powder is available in packs of 125 grams (Php 175) and 250 grams (Php 300).
Where to buy
Shipping is free to any major city in the Philippines for orders worth Php 1,001 and up.
In Negros (starting August 5, 2017)
- Gourmet Corner (starting August 14, 2017, but please call first to confirm availability!)
- Main store
San Antonio Plaza, Forbes Park, Makati City
Tel. 02 888-2563 or 816-1717
- Gourmet Corner in Rustan’s Supermarket
Shangri-la Plaza, Mandaluyong City
- Main store
- The 32nd Negros Trade Fair (September 27 to October 1, 2017)
Glorietta Activity Center
Ground floor of Glorietta 3 (Palm Drive Entrance)
Ayala Center, Makati City
Blogger Joey Larrazabal-Blanco of 80 Breakfasts on NVC’s batwan powder. We gave her some samples to try last April 2017.