Nutrition Month · Refreshments, Juices, Smoothies


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Santol season is here! What can we do with extra santol? Why not make some healthy and nutritious Santol Juice!
Allow me to quote the Benefits of Santol Fruit:
“Santol is also called as the cotton fruit and marami itong health benefits.
  • Prevents Cancer – Cotton fruit is known to prevent certain types of cancers, specially leukemia, as it is rich in phytonutreints that can prevent the abnormal multiplication of cancerous cells.
  • Prevents Cardiovascular Diseases – Due to the presence of rich antioxidants and vitamins, cotton fruit has the ability to improve the blood flow to the heart, thus preventing certain cardiovascular diseases.
  • Reduces Cholesterol – Cotton fruit is rich in fibre content, so when consumed, the fibre can course through your body and eliminate then excess cholesterol, thus keeping you healthy.
  • Prevents Alzheimer’s – As santol fruit has the ability to nourish your brain cells and slow down cell degeneration, it can prevent certain diseases like Alzheimer’s.
  • Treats Allergies – As santol fruit contains sandorinic acid and bryonotic acid, it can flush out the allergens from your body, thus preventing and even treating allergic reactions.
  • Treats Diarrhea – By boiling a few pieces of cotton fruit, along with vinegar and drinking the obtained juice, conditions like diarrhea can be reduced.
  • Prevents Cavities – As santol fruit comes with anti-bacterial properties that can get rid of the bacteria in your mouth, it can prevent cavities and also reduce bad breath.”



4-6 pcs. santol
3 cups + 2 cups water (1 cup is 8 oz.)
1 ½ cup refined sugar
Ice cubes

Tips: use brown sugar or muscovado if preferred; or add honey.


  1. Peel the santol fruits. Scoop out the seeds and immersed in 1 cup water while peeling santol fruit.
  2. Chop the peeled santol inner flesh into tiny cubes, soak it in 1 cup water.
  3. Squeezed out the juice from the soaked seeds. Add it to the minced santol flesh.
  4. Prepare syrup by boiling 3 cups of water with 1 cup of sugar.
  5. Pour in the soaked santol water without the flesh. Let it boil and turn of heat. Let it cool.
  6. Transfer juice into a pitcher and add in the cubed santol flesh. Stir it well. Allow the santol juice to soaked in for a few hours inside the refrigerator.
  7. Optional: you can squeeze calamansi juice or lime for an added flavor.
  8. Serve it chilled with ice cubes. Enjoy!


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Credits Jing Castañeda (Santol Benefits)