These New Frozen Treats Shine the Spotlight on an Underrated Local Berry

It's about time you got to know (and appreciate!) sampinit.

Sebastian's Ice Cream, sampinit ice cream + popsicles
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(SPOT.ph) You're probably well aware that the Philippines is home to some real amazing fruit. Our mangoes, for one, are said to be some of the best in the world; we've also got a whole range of banana varieties beyond the usual Cavendish. But there's more to the scene of Philippine fruit than what you can usually find in the supermarket. For instance: it's around this time of the year that you can find the local fruit known as sampinit growing around Quezon and Laguna! This highly seasonal fruit can be likened to raspberries with its wonderfully tart and slightly grassy flavor—and as with raspberries, it also works beautifully used in the world of desserts. See (or rather, taste) what we mean for yourself: local brand Sebastian's Ice Cream has come up with a seasonal line of frozen treats featuring sampinit!

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Sebastian's Ice Cream, sampinit ice cream + popsicles
Local berry sampinit is the star of these new treats from Sebastian's. 
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes
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The newest treats at Sebastian's Ice Cream pay ode to an underrated local fruit:

For their new Sampinit Collection, Sebastian's Ice Cream employs freshly harvested sampinit that's hand-picked from the foot of Mount Cristobal in San Pablo, Laguna—and you get to see the berry given varying expressions. The Sampinit Sorbet (P155/scoop, P465/pint) highlights sampinit's natural tartness of the berry, sweetened just a tad without the sugar taking over; it's also wonderfully smooth for a sorbet and doesn't feel icy at all. On the slightly more indulgent end of the spectrum is the Sampinit Season (P155/scoop, P465/pint)—a dreamy yet not-too-sweet scoop that pairs bright ol' sampinit with a creamy dairy base, similar to strawberries and cream.

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Sebastian's uses sampinit that's freshly harvested and hand-picked from San Pablo, Laguna. 
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes
Sebastian's Ice Cream, sampinit ice cream + sorbet
Take your pick from the brighter, more refreshing Sampinit Sorbet or the creamier, dreamier Sampinit Season. 
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes
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And for a cool handheld treat, go for the Sampinit Ice Pops (P75), a paleta-like ice pop where the pure taste of the berry (sweetened just a tad) gets to shine. Talk about the perfect summer dessert! These frozen creations are all available at Sebastian's store at The Podium, but you can also order for delivery via Sebastian's Ice Cream's website.

Sebastian's Ice Cream, sampinit popsicles
The pure taste of the berries (with just a touch of sweetness) gets to shine in the Sampinit Ice Pops 
PHOTO BY Patricia Baes

Sebastian’s is a local artisanal ice cream maker known for its wide range of ice cream flavors and other frozen desserts. They've also got fun flavors like the Sapin-Sapin and Strawberry Sans Rival.

Sebastian's is at 5/F The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. For delivery orders, check out Sebastian's Ice Cream's website. For more information, check out Sebastian's Ice Cream's Facebook page.

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