Ba Kelalan


Nutrients Lun Bawang's Tuchuk

Ba’ Kelalan’s community also produces natural salt which is full of nutrition. Known as tuchuk, it is extracted from the wells near Kunap River and Muda River, close to the border of Kalimantan, Indonesia. These salt water wells, dubbed as lubang main or ‘play holes’, are dug by the residents for the water which is brought back to the village. To produce 100 grams of tuchuk, one needs to dig between three to ten metres deep.

The salt water is boiled in large containers for 10 hours until it dries up and becomes tuchuk. Interestingly, the residents join effort in the production of tuchuk and indirectly foster ties among them, apart from the income gained together.

Tuchuk or salt is believed to embody lots of nutrients to strengthen the knees and provide extraordinary energy for the human body. The benefits of the tuchuk have even attracted the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to conduct a detailed research in the fields of food, health and medicine. Like normal salt, tuchuk can also be used in various types of cooking or food.

Tuchuk is not only well known among the Lun Bawang community since 100 years ago but also famous among consumers from Brunei and Sabah. Even the Chinese community uses it for medical purposes. Having said that, don’t be surprised if a packet of these organic salts is sold not lower than RM10.00 or even as high as RM30.00. It is wrapped using a leave called ilat leaves or bamboo leaves.

Apart from tuchuk, the residents of Ba’ Kelalan utilise the fertile land given by God. Many plants are planted here, making agriculture as the main source of income. The paddy which is produced as Bario aromatic rice is cultivated on a big scale and indirectly becomes the local’s main commodity. As common knowledge, Ba’ Kelalan is famous for its apple producing area, the first in Malaysia, worked by Pak Tagal’s family as their most important source of economy. Strawberries, oranges and Arabica coffee are other crops planted by the residents of Lun Bawang.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 May 2010 13:37
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