Crossing streets winding uphill and in the area of protected forest areas and mountains Kasintuwu observation, Mangkutana District, East Luwu, South Sulawesi, suddenly my eyes fixed on a wooden house with a roof made of bamboo strips. In the house, a row of oblong fruit reddish orange with a rope hanging rattan.
Intrigued, I also stopped by to greet the owner of the house and asked about the pieces on display. With a distinctive dialect of the tribe Pamona, Mrs. Joni (46) explains, the fruits that hung in front of his house is a red fruit that is sold at Rp 25,000 to Rp 35,000 per fruit, depending on its size.
This red fruit picked from trees that grow wild in the woods Kasintuwu, where every day Mother Joni and her husband into the forest to collect the red fruit. During this time, pandanus conoideus or better known as the red fruit is only known to exist in the highlands of Papua. It turns out that supposedly highly nutritious plants for health were also there in Pamona.
"Every morning my husband walked into the woods to collect red fruit for sale. If not sold, our red fruit by a red juice, "said Mrs. Joni who met last weekend.
The work of gathering the fruit of this family occupied Joni since a few years ago. Proceeds from the sale of red fruit is used to meet the needs of their lives. Mrs. Joni is just one of the residents in the hamlet Kasintuwu Pamona Tribe who also pursue a similar job. Pamona tribal societies believe, if you eat the red fruit, endurance increases and various diseases can be cured.
Due to the belief that, no wonder so many people in the township Kasintuwu eating red fruit and then sell them for income. "Not only the residents who live Luwu area, but many buyers are also red fruits that come from other areas," said Salmon, a trader in the red fruit Kasintuwu Poros Road.
Settlement of this tribe was located in Pamona highlands Kasintuwu. The distance is around 40 kilometers from district center Mangkutana, exactly on the border between South Sulawesi and Central Sulawesi.