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Journal > Jurnal Gizi dan Pangan > PERSEPSI MASYARAKAT TENTANG MANFAAT BUDAYA DAN KESEHATAN MENGONSUMSI TAMBELO, SIPUT DAN KERANG DI MIMIKA, PAPUA

 

Jurnal Gizi dan Pangan
Vol 1, No 1 (2006): Juli 2006
PERSEPSI MASYARAKAT TENTANG MANFAAT BUDAYA DAN KESEHATAN MENGONSUMSI TAMBELO, SIPUT DAN KERANG DI MIMIKA, PAPUA
Article Info   ABSTRACT
Published date:
16 Dec 2010
 
Some local foods have cultural and health benefits. Mollusca such as tambelo – amangrove worm, snail and shell (TSS) contain essential amino acids and micronutrientsrequired for optimum health. This study is aimed to analyse the perception of localcommunity at estuary of Mimika on culture and health benefits of consuming the TSS. Forthis purpose 158 people of the 12 estuary villages, which consist of children (1-11 yrs),teenages (12-19 yrs) and adults (>20 yrs) from both sexes, were selected as subjects. Thedata collected covers socio-economic of the family, perception of subjects on cultural andhealth benefits of the TSS, and ways to consume the TSS. The results showed that the TSShas significant intangible benefits for culture and health of Mimika’s estuary community. Interms of culture, tambelos (Bactronophorus thoracites and Bankia orcutti) are used as aspecial entry food for local custome rituals; and both snails (Telecopium telescopiu, Neritabalteata, dan Naqueita capicana) and shells (Geloina cf coaxan dan Geloina, sp) are used asa special main menu for lokal costume rituals. In terms of health, the general healthbenefits of eating TSS is for strengthening and maintaining optimum stamina. In addition,Geloina, sp (a shell) is used for wound healing; and Bactronophorus thoracites (a tambelo),which is called as “kamoro pil” by Kamoro ethnic, is consumed to have better production ofbreastmilk, and to have prevention and theurepetic effects of malaria, cough, flu,rheumatic and backache, as well as approdisiac and appetite effects. Tambelo is consumedfreshly, while snails and shell are steamed or roasted before they are consumed.Keywords: health benefit, culture benefit, snail and shell, Bactronophorus thoracites
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