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Davao del Norte's Amazing Coconut Water

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Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Jun 17, 2014
Davao del Norte's Amazing Coconut Water

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Coconuts are considered to be the tree of life. From the top of the palm tree down to the roots, there’s a use.

Lately, the world has gone gaga over the health benefits from drinking coconut water or buko juice.

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Coconut water or buko juice (sabaw ng buko) is 99% fat-free, low in sugar, and low in carbohydrates. It has minerals that can re-hydrate the body to keep it cool and maintain balance. It's the best beverage to drink after exercising.

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Coconut sap, on the other hand, comes from the inflorescence of the coconut and is oyster-white in color, has a nearly neutral pH level, and is naturally sweet. It becomes sour after a few hours, and after processing, it can be made into coconut vinegar. When fermented, it becomes “tuba” or coconut wine.

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When not made into vinegar or wine, it's made into coconut syrup which you can drizzle on to your pancakes. It can also be further processed to make coconut sugar, which has a low glycemic index, making it ideal for those watching their blood sugar level. It can be used as substitute for baking, cooking, as well as for tea and coffee.

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Juice, sap, syrup, vinegar, wine, sugar -- all these just from coconut water.

You can get all these coconut products at the Hijo Estate Resorts (Banana Beach, Lanikai) in Madaum, Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

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How to Get There:

Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Tagum City is an hour away by land from Davao City.

Bus Fare is Php95-110 (US$2.21-2.56). Van fare is Php70-90 (US$1.63-2.10). Take a multicab jeep to Madaum at PhP15 (US$0.35) per head.

Private vehicles can take the Panacan route out of Davao City to Tagum City then turn right to the road leading to the Hijo Plantation in Madaum before reaching the city proper.

The resort offers an Adventure Package for a minimum of 8 persons for those coming from Davao City. For weekdays, it's PhP1,200 (US$27.91)/head, and on weekends it's at PhP1,500 (US$34.88)/head. Inclusions: welcome drinks, van transfer to and from the Hijo Damosa Office in Davao City, use of the infinity pool, and lunch.

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