Another cancer fighting discovery, the sapinit or Philippine Wild Raspberry. Scientifically known as Rubus rosaefolius L. It is native to the Philippines. Can be found in forests and especially abundant in Laguna and Mount Banahaw area.
I thought it was a new discovery. I heard about it last Sunday evening in a segment of TV Patrol Weekend. I saw two persons processing sapinit in background while the lady reporter was discussing about its health benefits.
It was reported that sapinit has a unique delectable taste thus making it popular to children and elderly. The berries are processed to vinaigrette, juice, wine and jam. Processing is essenstial to lenghten the short fruit shelf life of only three to four days.
1) Municipal Agriculture Office, Dolores Quezon
2) Dolores Development Cooperative
3) Bangkong Kahoy RIC
4) Bangkong Kahoy 4H Club
The Dolores Development Cooperative has a facebook page. No further information about others.
According analysis done by UP Los Banos Biotech and DOST-ITDI, the berry has the following anti-cancer agents: benzopyrone nucleus
unsaturated steroids, hydrolysable tannins, free fatty acids, deoxysugars, sapins, anthraquinones and leucoanthocyanins. Anthraquinones prevents the onset of Alzheimer’s disease while hydrolysable tannins inhibits the duplication of HIV.
Sapinit herbal properties is not a new discovery. The philippinehistory.ph said, it was discovered by a Filipino named Dionisio Pullan in 2009. The Department of Agriculture -Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) reported wild sapinit conservation in the same year.
image via da-bar