16th July 2018, New Delhi
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched a non-dairy vegan product “Frozen coconut delicacy” developed by ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod during 90th ICAR Foundation Day celebration today. Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR), Shri Chhabilendra Roul, Special Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) and Shri Bimbardhar Pradhan, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor (DARE/ICAR), Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI were also present during the launching ceremony.
In view of increased demand for non-dairy products from ever increasing strict vegetarian and lactose intolerant population, ICAR-CPCRI has come out with a coconut based “Frozen Coconut Delicacy”, which is composed of coconut milk, coconut sugar/refined sugar, tender coconut water and pulp. It is a premium product which is completely natural and healthy. It is enriched with vitamins, minerals and healthy fatty acids. Due to lauric acid rich coconut milk and potassium rich tender coconut water, this will be a functional and nutraceutical food. The methodology followed were, mixing, pasteurization, homogenization ageing, freezing and hardening. This technology has been transferred to Mangalore based M/s Hangyo Ice Creams Private Limited, which has started production of this frozen coconut delicacy.
(Source: ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod)