Mangrove, Bolu Agar-Agar Api-Api,

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Bolu Agar-Agar Api-Api, Avicennia Agar Agar cake

Bolu Agar-Agar Api-Api (Avicennia Agar Agar cake)Avicennia-rumphiana-400
This “cake” differs from Bolu on the previous page in that it uses agar-agar in the recipe.
Truly a coastal dessert.
– 250 grams prepared Avicennia fruit (blended)
– 1/4 kg flour
– 4 eggs
– 14 kg granulated sugar
– 1 package of agar agar
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– pandan (Pandanus odurus) leaf paste
– 1 tablespoon margarine/butter
Stir half of the sugar, baking powder, TBM, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Add blended Avicennia
fruit and stir until well mixed. Add 1/2 cup of flour and melted margarine/butter, stir.
Add pandan leaf paste or extract and stir evenly. Place the mixture in a baking dish and
cook at 325ºF until done. Cool.
Dissolve agar agar and leftover sugar in 3 cups of warm water. Pour on top of cooled


This tree is identified by its furry fruit and furry leaves (underside). The fur on the leaves conserve water by trapping a layer of insulating air and thus reduce water loss through evaporation.

Uses as food: The seeds are boiled and eaten, in some places, they are sold in markets as vegetables. The fragrant flowers produce nectar and are pollinated by insects. Avicennia produces some of the best honey.

Other uses: This fast growing mangrove tree is among the few used in replanting mangroves to protect coastlines (the others are Sonneratia and Rhizophora). It is rarely used to make charcoal and is used as firewood only to smoke fish or rubber.
Roots: pencil-like pneumatophores emerge above ground from long shallow underground roots.
Leaves: Satiny green above, underneath densely furred, yellowish brown.
Flowers: Small, yellow, several together, forming a cross-shaped inflorescence.
Fruits: Woolly flat capsule containing one seed, green to yellowish brown.

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