Darmasiswa on the Making of “Beras Kencur” Candy
Wednesday (30/3), Metro TV was covering the Darmasiswa’s activity at the Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Soegijapranata Catholic University (SCU), Semarang. The Darmasiswa are from Germany, Yemen, Slovakia, Hungary, Japan, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine, and Lao. They joined the candy making demo with beras kencur, Indonesian traditional herbal medicine (jamu), as the main ingredient. There are two variants of beras kencur candy made by the Darmasiswa. The first creation is gummy candy, which is covered by peanut crumbs and sugar, and the other creation is hard candy. In that event, the Darmasiswa were taught by the laboratory assistant the step-by-step in making beras kencur candy, which were followed by the Darmasiswa themselves, to create their own beras kencur. The demo did not only teach the Darmasiswa to make beras kencur candy but also teach them to make ice cream from mangosteen rind extracts which is very popular herbal ingredients in the market recently.
The demo held by SCU is a part of the Indonesian Traditional Herbal Medicine Program that joined by the Darmasiswa. This program is the one and only program that offers Darmasiswa in Indonesia to learn about traditional herbal medicine (jamu). The director of the SCU’s International Office, Dr. Ekawati Marhaenny Dukut, M.Hum said, "Darmasiswa is a program that funded by Indonesian Government, and is organized by Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation, Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), Republic of Indonesia. One of the advantages of Darmasiswa program is the participants could come from any backgrounds, not only students but also employees or anyone who is interested to learn about Indonesia, especially about medicinal herbs from Java island". The dean of Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Dr. Victoria Kristina Ananingsih, S.T., M.Sc added, "The hallmark of Indonesian Traditional Herbal Medicine Program is teaching about jamu manufacturing and processing and also creating foods or beverages made from jamu. The creations that have been made will be written in a book and it will be the Darmasiswa’s work, which is shown as the report of their activities and practices they have gained during the program.”
The program is expected to introduce Indonesia, not only about Indonesian culture but also the biodiversity that owned, especially about Indonesian herbal medicine. The world will recognize the creativity and innovation of Indonesian people in making products from jamu. In this period, SCU can be proud to receive ten Darmasiswa. Next year is expected this number will increase, so SCU could contribute for the nation by introduce Indonesia internationally. (RyC-KY/IO)