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Roselle benefits more

  • Khairul Saleh

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang   /   Wed, August 5 2009   /  11:19 am

Take me: Roselle can also be found as fruit spread to decorate cake. JP/Khairul SalehIf you ask people in South Sumatra whether they are familiar with “roselle”, they will almost definitely reply in the negative. But show them the plant and they are sure to recognize it.In South Sumatra, the red flowered herb has various local names depending on where it grows: asam kesur, asam rejang, deduhok jawe, asam jarot and bunga sugus. Until recently, it was used only to give flavor to boiled fish (pindang) in place of tamarind, to make relish or to mix with spicy steamed fish or soybean cake in rolls (brengkes or pepes). But after its other benefits began to be known, roselle became a crop and source of income for villagers throughout the province — all thanks to the work of 50-year-old Muhammad Umar Husein. The activist from Pemberdayan Masyarakat Mandiri, a community empowerment NGO in P...