Vegetables are not all for making viands. These herbaceous plants which are chiefly served before the dessert can now be a delightful treat for those with a sweet tooth. Eggplant, sayote, tomatoes, “kalabasa” and other edible vegetables can be made into jelly, jam, candy and nata. With abundant vegetables in some areas, sweets processing techniques can be employed to come up with nutritious food items served after meals. Also, these simple food processes could help people earn extra income by utilizing locally-grown vegetables.

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Eggplant Jam


1. Boil the eggplant, peel, then mash.
2. Add 11/2 cups refined sugar to 3/4 cups mashed eggplant. Put vanilla flavoring and one tbsp. kalamansi juice for every cup of eggplant “puree.”
3. Add food color just to retain the color of the eggplant.
4. Cook for 30 minutes until right consistency of jam (when it can be scooped out) is attained.
5. Hot packed in bottles. Cool and store.

Sayote-Piña Jam


1. Peel the sayote, store into thin strips.
2. Peel rare ripe pineapple, remove eyes and chop finely. Crush the fruit (Piña in cans can be used as substitute for fresh ones).
3. Mix one part of slice sayote to one part crushed pineapple.
4. Add 3/4 cups refined sugar for every cup of mixture, 1 1/2 tsp. kalamansi juice for every 4 cups of sayote-piña mixture, and stir thoroughly.
5. Hot packed in bottles and seal immediately.

Kalabasa Leche Flan


For every cup of mashed kalabasa
1 cup condensed milk
1 egg
1/4 tsp. vanilla
2 heaping teaspoon brown sugar to be caramelized.


1. Peel the kalabasa and boil for 20 minutes. Mash thoroughly using a fork.
2. Combine the mashed mixture, milk and vanilla.
3. Beat the egg and add to the mixture.
4. Caramelize the brown sugar and line the pan mold.
5. Pour the mixture into the lined pan mold and cover with aluminum foil or plastic.
6. Steam in hot water (double boiler) for 25 minutes or until done

Business Registration Requirements

1. Business Name Certification
Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) within NCR

a. 12/F Trafalgar Plaza, 105 H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel. No.: 811.8232 loc. 208

b. 2/F Park N’Ride, Lawton, P. Burgos Ave., Dr. Basa St. Ermita, Manila
Tel. No.: 536.7153

c. G/F Highway 54 Plaza, EDSA Mandaluyong City (across SM Megamall)
Tel. No.: 706.1767

d. 5/F Araneta Square Mall Monumento Circle, Caloocan City
Tel. No.: 332-0854 / 332-0829

DTI Provincial Office where the business is located or log on to for online registration
Validity: 5 years

2. Mayor’s Permit/Residence Certificate
Municipal or City Office where the business is located
Validity: 1 year

3. Tax Identification Number (TIN)
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
National Office, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. Nos.: 929.7676 / 927.2511

4. Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD)
Filinvest Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Tel. No. 842.5606
Fax No. 807.0751

Sources: ITDI (DOST), Philippine Farmers’ Journal June 1982