Mangrove Bruguiera Wajit, Bruguiera gymnnorhiza

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Bruguiera Wajit, Rice Cooky, Bruguiera gymnnorhiza

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10 ripe Bruguiera gymnnorhiza fruits

1/2 kg granulated sugar

1 cup sago flour

1 package of red agar agar


Clean the Bruguiera fruits, cut into small pieces and blend.

Mix the sago flour with 2 cups of cold water and strain the water off saving

the water. Mix the sugar, Bruguiera fruit, and sago water until even, then pour

contents into a wok and cook on low heat.

Halfway through the cooking process add the agar agar powder slowly and

stir evenly until thick. Cool and wrap in wax paper.


Tumu is the most widely distributed of the Rhizophoreae family.
The kneed pneumatophores comprise a sponge-like system of air chambers and tubes which acts as an air reservoir when the roots are submerged. The pneumatophores are covered with many lenticels which allow air but not water to enter the root.
Uses as food: Leaves and peeled seedlings are soaked, boiled and eaten. Seedlings are the staple of some in Papua New Guinea, but eaten only in times of famine in Moluccas. Seedlings may be added to betel nut as an astringent. Seedlings are also made into a sweetmeat: they are sliced, soaked to leach out the tannins, then ground into a paste. The bark may be used to flavour fish.
Other uses: The timber is heavy and tough, but has straight fibres and a fine grain. This makes it hard to work with, but valuable as fishing stakes, pilings, telephone poles, railway sleepers, heavy pillars and beams, and other construction. It is commercially planted in Indonesia, Sabah and Sarawak to produce wood chips that is turned into paper pulp or to produce rayon fabric. It is also favoured as firewood and for conversion into charcoal as it produces the most heat among mangrove woods.
Traditional medicinal uses: The bark is astringent and used to treat malaria (Cambodia), cure fish poisoning (Marshall Islands), treat diarrhoea and fever (Indonesia). Elsewhere the fruit is used to treat eye problems, and scrapped skin of the fruit to stop bleeding. The fruit may also be chewed as a betel nut substitute. The leaves are used to control blood pressure (India).

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