Healthy Drinking, Tasty Eating: Jamu and Culinary Festival to be held in Magelang

Indonesia's ex-First Lady Ibu Ani Yudhoyono and a jamu gendong seller or embok jamu. Image credit: Azza Mazifny

Indonesia’s 2004-2014 First Lady Ibu Ani Yudhoyono and a jamu gendong seller or embok jamu. Image credit: Azza Mazifny

By: Sahrudin@SahrudinSaja

CENTRAL JAVA Culture and Tourism Agency will soon organize the Jamu and Culinary Festival 2015 on Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7 in Magelang Municipality’s Alun-alun public square.

The province’s 35 municipalities and regencies, several dozen jamu sellers, small scale jamu producers and 14 members of Jamu Producers Association (GPJ, Gabungan Pengusaha Jamu), aromatherapy manufacturers, and nearly 100 culinary business owners will run their booths during the festival.

Jamu is Indonesia’s herbal medicine or recovery drinks, and is made either in liquid or powder form, and often associated with Java or Javanese.

In Tempuran subdistrict of Magelang Regency, there is a village called “desa jamu” (the village of jamu) as many of the villagers work as jamu producers and sellers.

Meanwhile, Central Java’s Wonogiri Regency is also known for its “jamu gendong” (jamu in bottles arranged in a bamboo basket) sellers.

And an “embok jamu” (aunt jamu, mother jamu) sells jamu gendong by carrying the basket on her back, walking along roadside and going in and out of villages.

In Java, rhizomes and tubers which are commonly processed into jamu mainly temugiring (Curcuma heyneana); temulawak (Curcuma xanthorrhiza Roxb.); kunyit, or kunir, or turmeric (Curcumae domesticae Rhizoma, Curcuma longa); kencur, or cekor (Kaempferia galanga L.) and brotowali (Tinospora tuberculata Beumee).***[alwaysmagelang@gmail.com]

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