Chocolate and lipstick – two unexpected “forest products”

Wong, Sin Yeng (2022) Chocolate and lipstick – two unexpected “forest products”. IBEC Bulletin, 3 (3). pp. 9-15. ISSN 2716-6422

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The diversity of produce furnished by Sarawak’s forests is astonishing – wild durians and native mangoes and rambutans, rattans and timber, fungi of many types, sundry resins, latexes, gums, and dyes from a wide range of plants, delicious sugars from a variety of palms and honey from stinging and stingless bees (and with these the potential of fermentation and distillation to make tuak and langkau), and all manner of shoots, roots, and fruits that add savour and interest to an enormous number local dishes, with numerous of these cooked inside sections of bamboo gathered from the jungle, or steamed wrapped in forest leaves. Although, naturally, there are ‘seasons’ for certain things, the sheer diversity of Sarawak’s forests coupled with practically year-round rainfall means that produce seasonality, a feature of monsoonal or temperate forests, is largely unknown. In short, there is a constant availability of almost all produce types.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Uncontrolled Keywords: diversity of produce
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Yeng
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2023 06:44
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2023 03:24

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