UNAIR Students Create Unique Drink from Apple Skin

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Tea Malita, produced by FKM UNAIR students. (Photo by courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – Five students of Faculty of Public Health (FKM) of Universitas Airlangga taking part in Entrepreneurship Student Creativity Program (PKM-K) have succeeded in utilizing the remaining skin of apple to be nutritious tea for the body.

This idea was from the numerous processed apple products in Kota Wisata Batu, ranging from jenang, apple cider, apple chips, apple chocolate. But from the many processed products, there are no apple products which exploits the apple skin.

It is an interesting and innovative idea that makes the General Directorate of Higher Education in Kemenristekdikti gave development funds to five FKM students: Allyra Himawaty, Belinda Widya Renda, Chaterine Rahel Anggraini, Dessy Susanti Rahayu, and Nita Kusuma Wardani.

The processed product was named Malita tea. Currently, Malita Tea (Aroma Kulit Apel) is still in the stage of registration in the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) to be a product that can be sold freely in the market.

High level of antioxidants from apple skin blended with green tea which  is produced without fermentation into its own uniqueness will be this product. Bioactive substances possessed by tea leaves, such as antioxidants, polyphenols, fluorides, vitamin C, manganese, L-teanine, katein and caffeine make Malita tea give many advantages for the body.

“We hope The Malita will not only be an ordinary innovation, but it can answer the problem of apple skin problem in Stone Town,” said Allyra in the official explanation.

The Malita Tea created by five UNAIR students has been distributed outside Java. The market of Malita Tea are Batu, Surabaya, Kediri, Jombang, Riau. Slowly but sure they continue to improve the quality to be accepted by society.

Accidentally, through the PKM held by Kemenristekdikti, they were able to hone the skill to do business, marketing, until public relations which cannot be obtained in the classroom. (*)

Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh

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