A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
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Sunday, October 16, 2005
Posted 2:18 PM by Luigi
Pandanus in South Africa?
I want to share with you that there was lots of interest in the Marshall Islands and Kiribati pandanus at the Nutrition Congress in Durban, South Africa, 19-23 September, 2005. I took along a big piece (1550 gram) of preserved pandanus (mokwan, jannkun) from the Marshall Islands, and offered it for tasting for people coming to the poster.
This pandanus was one of the pieces sold at the Reimers Hotel, Majuro. As those of you in Majuro know, these pieces are beautifully wrapped in the traditional way, with dried pandanus leaves, and wound tightly with fine coconut rope. This art of preserving pandanus had almost been lost, but was revived with the help of Ione deBrum in recent years.
Pandanus was also once preserved in the very same way in Kiribati and on atolls now part of Pohnpei. Gerd Koch, in his book titled "The Material Culture of Kiribati" presents an illustration of this on page 94 (for those of you who have access to this wonderful book). Here in Pohnpei, I have also shown the Marshallese mokwan to people from Kapingamarangi Atoll, and a few know it, although some mistook it for preserved breadfruit, which is prepared in the same way and looks and tastes very much like preserved pandanus!!!
Dr. Suzanne Murphy, from the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii of the University of Hawaii, was quite intrigued with the Marshall Islands pandanus, and even had a photo taken of us both holding it. Dr. Larry Kolonel, also from the Cancer Research Center, is the one who kindly took the photo and shared it with us. He also was very interested in pandanus.
So let us hope for increased interest in pandanus and making more available of this wonderful food!!
Dr. Lois Englberger, PhD
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
P. O. Box 2299
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FM
Federated States of Micronesia
Telephone: 691-320-8639 Fax: 691-320-4647
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