Dr. Rey Lantin, a retired professor from UP Los Baños, will talk on growing vanilla and growing the nutritious edamame or vegetable soybean in the morning of Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Agri-Kapihan at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. The lectures are a feature of the monthly AANI Agri-Bazaar cum Agri-Kapihan held every month,
Vanilla is a high-value member of the orchid family that yields high-priced extract used in various food preparations. Dr. Lantin will have as co-presentor of the vanilla lecture Dr. Rafael Creencia, another retired UPLB professor who was a consultant in Indonesia for 12 years on vanilla production. Indonesia is now the number one vanilla producer in the world.
Vegetble soybean, on the other hand can be promoted as a gardening project in schools. The hearvest could be used in school feeding programs to alleviate malnutrition among students. Edamame has long been in the Philippines but it has yet to gain popularity. Green pods with fully developed seeds are boiled for eating. It is like eating boiled peanut.
The Agri-Kapihan is open free to the public.