‘Legen Bumbung’ Haiku : The Asahi Shimbun, Today

I love drinking ‘legen’ (Javanese) or ‘air nira’ (Indonesianese), ‘palm water’,  the sap of palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer), especially in javanese traditional style: served in a bamboo tubes that sealed with the shredded coconut leaves. The sap is extracted and collected by a tapper by cutting the flower of the palm tree. A container (e.g. bamboo tube) is fastened to the flower stump to collect the sap. The liquid that initially collects naturally sweet and non-alcoholic before it is fermented.


Auguste van Pers (1854)

A ‘legen’ pedlar by Auguste van Pers (1854)


javanese summer

in a bamboo tube

the dew cubes


Ken Sawitri (Indonesia)

Published for the 1st time in ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK/ David McMurray on August 15th, 2014
Selected by David McMurray

Tapping the Lontar Palm
Legen asli vs legen buatan?

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