Students at Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades have added a twist to the classic garlic longganisa of Ilocos Norte by introducing "Sikats Moringa Longanisa with Sweet Moringa Sauce."

The basic ingredients for making longganisa, such as ground meat, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, and sesame oil, are enhanced with malunggay (moringa) leaves.

The process remains the same: mix the ingredients, shape the mixture into longganisa, wrap, and steam for 10 minutes. 

After cooling, it is ready to be fried.

The addition of malunggay requires precise measurement to ensure it does not overpower the longganisa's flavor. The homemade moringa sauce also adds nutritional value.

"Iyong mga bata gustong nilang kumain ng vegetable kasi karamihan sa mga bata hindi kumakain ng malunggay," Jerick Ancheta, a student, said.

"Gumawa po kami ng innovative products [that] aims to offer health care alternatives without compromising the rich and savory flavor of longganisa," Ghem Asuncion Repajo, a teacher, added.

The "Sikats Moringa Longanisa with Sweet Moringa Sauce" is not only rich in protein but also in vitamins A, C, E, and K.

The school plans to develop a market for this product.