buah merah papua peopleTraditionally, Papua people had consumed buah merah, either those who live in shore or mountain area. Other than as food source, they had used buah merah as food natural color and craft industry materials. Traditional people also recognized buah merah as medicine, but only to cure intestinal worm, skin disease, and to prevent blindness. In addition, they also recognized buah merah to increase energy.

Even though with no single piece of cloth covered up their body, the people were able to survive living at a very cool temperature circumstance -20ºC- even at night. Women who consumed buah merah oil will recover soon after delivered baby. A mother who suckled baby traditionally had to consume buah merah oil to increase quality of mother’s milk.

 

 

buah merah papua people 2Even the Papua people have consumed buah merah since long time a go, until year 2000 no single of Papua people realized that buah merah oil is not only to cure intestinal worm, skin disease, and to increase energy. In fact, buah merah oil is able to cure degenerative diseases such as cancer, tumor, hearth, diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension, and stroke diseases. Furthermore, accompanied with consuming animal protein, buah merah oil is proven to slow down and kill HIV/AIDS virus.

They consumed buah merah mixed with vegetable, sago, sweet potato/cassava and meat. They used buah merah oil to preserve food like sago and meat. Meat that was poured with buah merah oil was still consumable until 1 month and sago which was poured with buah merah oil still consumable up to 1-2 years. Buah Merah also used to produce sauce and oil. Food would be more delicious and good smell if the food was poured with buah merah oil.

Examination also found that buah merah could be processed to become good natural color source for food, industrial material and cosmetic.

The people also used buah merah as craft industry material. Leaves, bark, and root of buah merah plants could be used as fastener, seat base, and bed. In addition, the old leaf of buah merah plant was plaited become mat, while the young leaf used as substitute for cigarette pack.

 

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