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Lontar Haiku : The Asahi Shimbun, Today

‘Tuak’ (palm wine) is the Indonesian name for the fermented ‘nirah’ (alcoholic). But ‘nirah’ (properly spelled ‘nire’) is a delightful liquid that freshly tapped from lontar palm (Borassus flabellifer). It tastes slightly milky, sweet, and very filling, so it is called ‘nectar for humans’. It becomes the first nutrition for the newborn Rotinese (East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia) even before  their mother’s breast milk.  Nirah is the staple ‘food’ of many Rotinese  even today. Even it hadn’t fermented (non-alcoholic), it has the power of the ambrosia that give such a ‘sentimental ecstasy‘.

 

Ken Sawitri_Asahi Haikuist Network, AJW by Asahi Shimbun_Jan 1st, 2016

Ken Sawitri (Indonesia) Published for the 1st time in ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK/ By David McMurray, AJW by Asahi Shimbun, January 1st, 2016 Curated by David McMurray

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