This tropical fruit specific to Southeast Asia – its name comes from the Malaysian Duri, which means thorn – is very special. First of all by its shape (a rugby ball surrounded by spines) but above all by its smell – let’s say the word pestilential – when it has reached maturity. Tourists who love strong cheeses generally love it, as do all Bali residents. This year, the season starts earlier than usual and looks promising. An experience not to be missed on your next visit to Dajuma!
Now is the fruit season in Bali, there are a lot of fruits that one can find, mainly mangosteen, duku, rambutan and durian. This year the harvest is particularly rich in quantity and quality. But the pandemic has changed the habits of the producers. Usually, those fruits are easily found along the roads. Now, due to the Covid19, only few of them are left, the producers preferring to sell them online to respect the “physical distancing” rule. But don’t worry: sold on the roads or on line, both of them are as usual delicious! Are you good at recognizing tropical fruits? Try to find on the picture mangosteen, passion fruit, salak, rambutan, duku, pomelo, soursop and mango.
What is the best moment in the day to savour a mango cocktail, with or without alcohol? This is a good question very much depending on your mood and envies! At Dajuma, we offer a large selection of cocktails and mocktails all the day long, made from fresh fruits and ingredients. Our bartenders are always ready to prepare something special just for you. They have a lot of imagination! Just try it, you will love it!
We have something unique in our garden which has a very special importance for Hindu’s people in Bali. It is a tree called “Bila”. In Balinese Hindu’s tradition, almost all of the plants (or part of it) are being used as a means for praying or making an offering.
Shown on the picture is our “Bila” tree in front of Villa Soka, we have this tree in other area of our garden too. This tree called “Bila” in Balinese and “Maja” in Bahasa Indonesia. Bila tree is related to Siwaratri Day or the night of Lord Shiva. On Siwaratri Day the Hindu people in Bali are used to make a “Kwangen” (one of means in praying) using the Bila’s leaf. There is a mythological story behind using this leaf in Siwaratri night. The story is about the life of a hunter named Lubdaka, which got a blessing from Lord Shiva after spending a whole night in the forest. In the darkest night (night of Lord Shiva), to fight against his fear and keep him awake, Lubdaka pluck Bila’s leaves and throw the leaves one by one into the lake, and, unwittingly the leaves fall on the stone which is the Shiva Linnga or the symbol of Shiva. Because of what he did in the forest, after his death, Lubdaka’s spirit were blessed by Lord Shiva.
Our guests often refer in their comments to the lush garden of Dajuma, qualified as “manicured garden”. It is not only true for its 1,5 ha which surrounds the villas, but also the case for the private gardens which are facing the entrance of our Bendega villas. The idea came one year and a half ago from our GM Alit to make growing different species, fruit on the West side and flowers on the East side of the Bendega villas. The result after a few months if just astonishing. Can you imagine, when opening the door of your room in the morning, having view on passion fruit, mangoes, papayas and dragon fruits, just for you? On the picture, our colleague Leli checks the maturity of a passion fruit in front of Sari C. Don’t miss it next time you decide to visit us!
One of the magics of Bali is the extraordinary variety of its fruits and vegetables. On the fertil slopes of the volcanoes, can grow almost any kind of fruit trees and vegetables. The coconut is particularly appreciated because of the recognized vertues of its juice for health. But not only. At Dajuma our guests can also enjoy other healthy drinks (we call them “healthy coolers”) made from carrot, orange, ginger, broccoli, avocado, mint, turmeric and tamarin that you can drink as much as you like.
On the picture: Josiane and Alain FRANCOIS savoring a coconut offered by our guide during their ecotourism trek in the nearby Pulukan State Plantation.
The jack fruit is one of these mythic tropical fruit almost unknown from westerners. It has not really a good appearance neither a good smell outside and, however, it is absolutely delicious after being well prepared. With a long history behind him – it was already cultivated in India 3000 years ago – the jackfruit is today much appreciated in various culinary uses either as a main course or as a dessert.
On the picture, Udi one of our cook is receiving a ripe jackfruit which he will use in one of his delicious recipes. Selamat makan!
If you look carefully at some trees along the small roads in Pekutatan area, you may be in
terested by some local fruits, such as the durian.
The outside may look like the big sweety jackfruit, but the durian is like no other with its strong smell.
When matured it could be so disturbing for passengers that carrying durian in the public transportation may be forbidden.
But native from Indonesia and Malaysia, growing seasonally, quite nutritive and expensive, the durian fruit is a very popular food for most people from South East Asia.
If you usually enjoy strong smelling creamy cheese, just try some pieces of matured durian: a true vegetarian option!
Among the tens of delicious dishes part of Dajuma’s menu, there is one very specific from Indonesia in general and Bali in particular : it is called rijsttafel, a strange name which comes from the old times when Indonesia was still a Dutch colony. In the Dutch language, rijsttafel literally means « rice table ». The original idea was to create a festive and official type of banquet that would represent the multi-ethnic nature of the Indonesian archipelago. It consists of many side dishes served in small portions, accompanied by rice prepared in several different ways. Popular side dishes include egg rolls, sambals, satay, fish, fruit, vegetables, pickles, and nuts.
Next time you visit us, do not hesitate to order this unique dish: it is just delicious!
Clove and Cacao’s harvests have been particularly good this year in Pekutatan. Together with rice, vegetable, coffee and fruit, the clove and cacao plantations are well developped in this part of the island. The farmers proceed with the harvest of the clove once a year and twice for the cacao. They extract the clove and the cacao beans and make them drying in the sun before sending them to Java where the cacao beans are roasted and exported.
On the picture some clove and cacao beans drying in Pekutatan village, nearby Dajuma. The farmer also collects waste from the village for recycling.