Sampinit Is a Philippine Wild Berry You Need to Try
They grow in the summer!
Did you know that raspberries grow in the Philippines? You better believe it! Take a look at the bright, fresh colors of sampinit: a local wild raspberry that is harvested mostly in the Quezon and Laguna areas.
Local chefs and bakers have been using it in both sweet and savory dishes in the past few months. Colette de Guzman and Likha Babay of Hiraya Bakery are fond of the seasonal raspberry and use it in their baked treats all the time-from tres leches cakes to fruity brownies.
Margarita Fores has taken up the wild berry in a roast duck dish for Grace Park, too.
Raffy Dacones of Teraoka Family Farm in Pangasinan, a farm that plants and harvests the raspberry, explains that the sampinit bush is easy to grow.
"Sampinit season is from January to April-you plant them during the rainy season, and harvest in the summer. This year, we might even be lucky enough to harvest until the first week of May! Sampinit bushes grow like grass, but on higher elevations. This is why you'll see them mostly in Mt. Cristobal and Mt. Banahaw."
Shop for sampinit berries in Teraoka Family Farm outlets in The Butchery along Scout Tobias (Quezon City) or in Upmarket in Alphaland Makati Place (Makati City). If you're lucky, you can also find stock of the season berry in Real Food, Molito Lifestyle Mall (Alabang).