Mangrove, Dawet Ayu Api-Api, Avicennia

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Dawet Ayu Api-Api, Avicennia

Dawet Ayu Api-Api
This is a popular iced drink, the traditional mangrove equivelant of Bubble Tea.
– 150 grams prepared Avicennia fruit (blended)
– 4 tablespoons of “tepung sagu aren” which is a flour of sago palm mixed with sugar palm
– 150 grams of palm sugar
– 1 cup of thick coconut milk
– 1 cup of thin coconut milk (from the second pressing)
– 4 kaffir lime leaves
– salt to taste
Mix Avicennia fruit and flour until even. Boil a pot of water and dribble little pieces of the batter
in the boiling water. When the pieces float to the surface, scoop off with a wire sieve and drop
in cool water.
Boil palm sugar, thin coconut milk and lime leaves until thickened. Let cool.
Heat thick coconut milk seperately but do not boil. Let cool.
Fill a glass with ice.Put sugar/think coconut milk mixture in a glass. Add pieces of the cooked
Avicennia/flour mixture to the glass. Add thick coconut milk. Serve.


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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