Indonesia: Cooking with Cannabis

Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s known for beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans, and tigers. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry. It is known as the world’s largest archipelagic state. Among those islands, there is five biggest island, they are, Java, Kalimantan, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Irian Jaya.

There are hundreds of traditional food recipes that originated from Indonesia. Yet, Indonesia’s food is famous throughout the world, we can find many Indonesian restaurants even here, in Toronto.

Indonesian cuisine is one of the most diverse, vibrant and colorful in the world, full of intense flavor. Many regional cuisines exist, often based on indigenous culture and foreign influences such as Chinese, European, Middle Eastern, and Indian precedents. Rice is the main staple food and is served with side dishes of meat and vegetables. Spices, coconut milk, fish and chicken are fundamental ingredients.

On the other hand, besides the various kinds of ingredients used to make the food, there are also some unusual ingredients involved in the making of the dishes, and you will be surprised if I tell you that Marijuana has been used as food ingredients. Yes, it is proven that marijuana is known to be one of the food ingredients in Aceh city, Sumatra island, Indonesia.

The marijuana is being used only just to give local distinct flavor of Acehnese dishes. In addition, marijuana has been a spice that becomes a part of the Acehnese cooking method. It is a part of a local tradition.

“Marijuana is available in any Acehnese kitchen just like coriander”. “Marijuana is a widely-accepted cooking spice there”. Most restaurants in Aceh use some pieces of marijuana leaves as a seasoning to cook rice, soups, as well as some entrees. Some examples of dishes that cooked with marijuana are lamb curry, noodle soup, beef curry, etc. Local residents said that the dishes cooked with marijuana leaves will smell and taste better it will also give local distinct flavor. Many people said that food seasoned with Marijuana in Aceh is somewhat very delicious and addictive.

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