Farmers cooperative develops noodles made of tilapia

A group of women farmers in Kalinga developed a noodle product made with tilapia meat. Image: BFAR-CAR
A group of women farmers in Kalinga developed a noodle product made with tilapia meat. Image: BFAR-CAR

You’ve heard about noodles made out of wheat, rye, rice, or even potatoes — but have you ever heard of noodles made out of tilapia?

A group of women farmers from the northern province of Kalinga have come up with a novel way to make use of freshly caught tilapia from their fishponds — by adding the meat into noodles.

Farmers from the Saint Williams’ Farmers Credit Cooperative said that they plan to roll out the pasta to the market as a healthy noodle alternative, although they still lack the equipment and resources to do so.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the Cordillera Administrative Region (BFAR-CAR) said it would provide the farmers with a facility for post-harvest processing.

In case you’re wondering, these tilapia noodles aren’t the first type of pasta to be made with fish. The Japanese have surimi-men, which are noodles made from fish paste, while in the United States, a few manufacturers sell “protein noodles” made with wild Alaska pollock that are marketed as being gluten-free and keto-friendly.

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