Watching sago being harvested

Who knew sago came from a palm tree? Today we were very lucky to visit a small family business where they harvest palm trees to create sago.  It is a fascinating process where the trees are harvested, the trunk is sawn into manageable blocks, the blocks are chipped, the chips are washed and the sago settles onto the bottom of a trough.

The family had done some quick work in the morning to lay offcuts on the path so we didn’t have to walk through the mud.  On the way back to Ambon we stopped to see cloves and nutmegs drying in the sun.

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