(c) Forest Ang
Skinning the bark
Cutting into small pieces
After boiling - rattan ready for consuming
Scientific name : Calamus spp
Local name : Rotan
Height : Up to few hundred meters.
Distinguish Features : Climbing palm with long slender trunk. Trunk with torns.
Found : Common in forest and jungle in Malaysia
Uses : Trunks used as rattan for furnitures.
Important : A source of income for the orang asli.
As Survival Food
The shoot can be used as survival food though it should be boiled and drained off the bitter taste.
First, the shoot is cut. It is then skin to get rid of torns and the bark. The young whitish shoot is then cut into small pieces. They are then boiled. The boiled water has to be drained. The remains can be cooked as vegetable or used as ulum (salad).
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