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A. Overview

Have you ever heard of the word ‘growol’?  No? Well, growol is a sort of food that seems to be consumed only by remote villagers. Such a food may be found in Kulon Progo Regency. The food that nearly resembles rice is actually made of cassava which turns out to be favored not only by the have-nots, but also by the haves.

The process of making growol begins with peeling the cassava. Next, it is immersed for three days and three nights long. Then it is cleaned and ground before it is finally steamed and wrapped with a piece of plastic or a bamboo basket.

Although the taste is nearly plain, the local people of Kulon Progo and of the places around it hold a belief that consuming growol may keep them healthy as well as cure the diabetics. To reduce the plainness of the taste, you can eat it with ketak and pento, the other kinds of food that are made of coconut.

Growol is indeed usually consumed by farmers, especially when the harvest-time comes, as a substitute to rice when they are harvesting the rice plant in the field. Unlike rice that usually does not last all day, growol may last about four days long.

B. Features

Growol is only available in Kulon Progo and its surroundings. Such a traditional food is not well-known by common people yet, but it can surely replace rice. Even if it is almost tasteless, growol can be a good diet menu.

Growol can be eaten along with ketak and pento. Both coconut-made foods can be the complements while you are eating growol and they all are usually sold in a package.

C. Location

You can find growol at any traditional market in Kulon Progo, one of which is Wates Market. The growol sellers are not hard to find because most of them sell on the second floor of Wates Market. The location of the market alone is at the center of Kulonprogo.

D. Price

Growol that is already plastic-wrapped costs low. Each one is Rp 2,500. If you want to eat it with ketak and pento, they cost Rp 4,000altogether. The ketak is Rp 500per package and the pento is Rp 1,000. The pento package itself already contains three.

Text: Andreas Eko Wahyu S.

Translation: Al-Amri Arif Sandy


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