Viability of Bilimbi Empanada: An Assessment
Bilimbi avherroa (bilimbi) is a fruit used as food flavoring because it is high in acids and can act as a souring agent. Tamarind is generally used in local dishes as a food flavoring. Empanada is a type of baked or fried food that consists of pastry and filling and is common in Latin American and Filipino cultures. In this study, bilimbi jelly was stuff in anempanada. This research was experimental in nature, and the respondents were chosen through simple random sampling. To obtain the designed data, the researchers surveyed the respondents by using questionnaires. The respondents assessed the product in terms of taste, aroma, nutritional value, competitiveness, and presentation. The taste was rated as acceptable with a weighted mean of 2.69, the aroma had a weighted mean of 3.12, the nutritional value had a weighted mean of 3.58, competitiveness had a weighted mean of 3.62, and presentation had a weighted mean of 3.30. Hence, bilimbi empanada is highly acceptable among the respondents. Although bilimbi empanada has many competitors in the market, it can compete if it can be improved in terms of taste, aroma, nutritional value, competitiveness, and presentation.