"Drying seaweed" Karimunjawa Local Custom Tip by theo1006

Karimunjawa Local Customs: 6 reviews and 20 photos

  Sea weed on a bamboo table
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  • Sea weed on a bamboo table - Karimunjawa
      Sea weed on a bamboo table
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  • Fresh load of wet seaweed arriving - Karimunjawa
      Fresh load of wet seaweed arriving
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  • Sea weed drying field - Karimunjawa
      Sea weed drying field
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  • Close-up of some seaweed - Karimunjawa
      Close-up of some seaweed
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  • Seaweed drying tables - Karimunjawa
      Seaweed drying tables
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(Continuation of "Harvesting Seaweed")

Once the harvested seaweed is weighed and loaded onto a mini-truck, it is transported to a drying field, to be dried in the sun. It is spread out on bamboo tables or even on tarpaulins on the ground. But every night and when rain threatens it has to be covered, otherwise all the work is in vain.

We tasted some of the fresh seaweed, it has a rubbery texture and tastes salty (of course). What it is used for, we could not find out. On Java there are a few warungs offering a drink es rumput laut or soup soto rumput laut (which we have not tried yet), but the bulk of the weed must go somewhere else. They say the Chinese buy it.

As the pictures show, the weed may be of many different colours. We were told that there are over a hundred different varieties.

Directions: We found two drying fields along the road to the airport, only a few km from Karimunjawa vilage.

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  • Written Jun 17, 2009
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