Atchara Business

Last December 2009, yep, yep, last Christmas season, I accompanied my grandma to her cousin’s house in Project 6, Quezon City.  Inside Tita Cora’s house, I noticed that several bottles of pickled green papaya, carrots, raisins, plus ampalaya stripped were neatly organized atop of a table; yes it’s “atchara”. Other bottles, that size of small ladies choice bottle, were already inside a box seemingly ready to be delivered.  Curiosity, curiosity… I asked Tita Cora if those atcharas are for Christmas give-away or Christmas gift.  She replied, yes, but those were sales order from friends, officemates, friend’s friends and acquaintances.

And based from our conversation, Tita Cora is making atchara and is now part of her business portfolio aside from realty and others.  She only started it as small token and gift to her friends but later on those who’ve tasted it crave for more.   So there, the idea of turning this hobby of making atchara into a business sparked.  Consequently, after that good taste feedback she started the business of selling atchara. She acquired permits and even registered the name for protection.  And yes, BFAR accreditation too, because it’s bottled food.  She is now 3 years in the business of doing atchara and she plan to push it more to the extent of putting those at the groceries store, mall or even exporting.  Kinda big dream ha but I like the idea. However, she is still in the process of mixing the ingredients and even sought the help of an expert friend in prolonging the shelf life of atchara just like sardines. Anyhow, I’ve tasted her atchara and there’s no way korean kimchi will match the taste.  She did not divulge the secret to her atchara however. I guess it’s a trade secret, well :-).  Never the less, here is a simple atchara recipe that you may want to try.


3 to 4 lbs green papaya, julienned

2 medium sized carrots, julienned

1 large onion, thinly sliced lengthwise

10 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 tbsp whole peppercorn

1 large red bell pepper, cut into strips

1 knob ginger, cut into thin strips

1/4 cup salt (to dehydrate papaya)

1 1/2 tsp salt (for the brine or syrup)

2 cups white vinegar

1 1/3 cups granulated sugar

2 small boxes raisins


11 thoughts on “Atchara Business

  1. Hi there, can anyone out there link me to either the atchara manufacturer or suppliers. I need to buy it for my up and coming biz.

    1. Hi! my Auntie made a really good atsara. Pero sa bahay nga lang. if you want, we can talk if we can supply it for your upcoming business. Here is my contact number 09065032862

    2. I have a friend making atchara as a business. Do you want to try her atchara as your prospect for your up coming biz? She is newly but her atchara is good and delicious.

    3. Hi! Good morning Sir Gary. Do you still need atchara supplier? Want to offer my mother’s atchara, how can we get in touch with you? Thank you. My name is Jovi Cabucoy.

    4. Hi Gary!, My Lola is a local who makes the best Atchara. Friedns and Family abroad always crave for this recipe. You might wanna check it. Please contact me if you’re interested. 09999935469.

  2. Hi! I have a friend making atchara as a business. Do you want to try her atchara as your prospect for your up coming biz? She is newly but her atchara is good and delicious.

  3. Hi Gary Tan, gusto mo itry ang atchara namin? Makabagong lasa at tumatatak, na cguradong makukursunadahan para sa magiging business mo. 09325255995

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