November 20, 2017

Sarawakian Local Delights : Sago Palms

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This is a photo by Peter Lee. Look at the sago palms which are cut meticulously, same length.

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sago worms
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Sago palm, cut and cleaned ready for cooking (further trimming needed to get to the pith)

the Sago Palm is an important palm to the Melanaus and most of the natives of Sarawak. Firstly it gives a suitable habitat for sago worms to grow. Sago worms is a delicacy to the Melanaus and others who love them. Secondly the pith or heart of the palm is a good vegetable and is consumed especially during festive season. Sago palms grow abundantly so it is fairly economical to cut down a few for food. Besides the sago palms grow fairly quickly. Thirdly the sago logs can be sent to the factories where the pith can be scraped or processed and sago flour is made. Sago flour from Sarawak is of high  quality and is exported to the USA, Taiwan and other parts of the world.

It is indeed God's gift to the people of Sarawak.

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