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Es Buah Krai, the Refreshing Dessert of Banyuwangi

Saturday, 25 March 2023 - 02:41
Es Buah Krai, the Refreshing Dessert of Banyuwangi Es Buah Krai, a traditional dessert from Banyuwangi. (PHOTO: Freepik)

TIMES JAZIRAH, BANYUWANGI – The Holy Month of Ramadan is one of the most awaited festive moments for the Moslem all around the globe, including Indonesia. Banyuwangi is a regency in East Java, Indonesia that has its own distinctive refreshing dessert or beverage called as Es Buah Krai that can quench your thirst during Ramadan fasting month. 

In this holy month of Ramadan, the Moslem are fasting during the day until they break their fast after sunset for the evening meal, which is usually called Iftar. Usually, they break their fast by having some Ta’jil (sweet food eaten after fasting), some light snacks, or refreshing beverages / desserts. This is one of the most essential parts during the Holy Month of Ramadan. 

This dish is one of the most popular desserts during the Holy Month of Ramadan. The main ingredient of this dessert, which is Krai, only comes back into season during the Ramadan fasting month. 

The Nature of Krai for this Es Buah Krai

It is an indigenous fruit from Banyuwangi. This fruit is one of the members of the cucumber family that has a distinctive aroma. It has a yellowish, green skin. It has a thicker layer of flesh and smoother texture of flesh compared to the Cantaloupe. Entering Ramadan fasting month, you will find many street vendors selling Krai along the side of the roads in Banyuwangi. 

This fruit is popular among the locals in Banyuwangi. They make this fruit as the main ingredient of a refreshing beverages to quench the thirst to break their fast during Iftar. It is very simple to make Es Buah Krai. In fact, this scrumptious, refreshing beverages needs just a few ingredients that you can find easily. 

You only need some fresh flesh of this fruit and sweet syrup to make this refreshing dessert to quench your thirst and relieve your hunger. The combination of sweetness from the syrup and the delicious fresh tropical fruit creates the most amazing taste that can pamper your palate. 

If you want to make it more flavorful, you can add some slices of lemon, jelly, and basil seeds. Do not forget to add some soft shaved ice as the topping to make it more refreshing. The most interesting fact is that Es Buah Krai does not only soothe your throat after a day of fasting, but it also restores your energy and nutritions that can revitalize your body. 

Es Buah Krai, the Cultural Hetitage of Banyuwangi

Es Buah Krai is not only an ordinary dessert. It is also the part of the cultural heritage of Banyuwangi. During the Holy Month of Ramadan, this dish becomes one of the most essential parts in the local tradition of breaking the fast in this city. This beverage is considered as the favorite Ta’jil in this Gandrung City as it has a very delicious and refreshing taste. 

If you are coming to the city during the Holy Month of Ramadan, make sure that you try to have some Es Buah Krai, the special dessert from Banyuwangi to break your fast. This dessert is not only revitalizing your body, but it also has some health benefits to your body. Enjoy this refreshing dessert!. (*)

Writer : Tiara Dewanti DJ
Editor : Khodijah Siti

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