Paper ID: 7
THE IMPORTANCE OF TROPICAL EDIBLE FRUIT PLANTS FOR TRIBAL COMMUNITIES IN EAST ACEH REGION, INDONESIA
Zidni Ilman Navia1*, Adi Bejo Suwardi2, and Nuraini2
1Department of Biology, Faculty of Engineering, Samudra University, Langsa, Aceh Province, Indonesia, 24416
2Department of Biology Education, Faculty of Training and Education, Samudra University, Langsa, Aceh Province, Indonesia, 24416
The study investigated the diversity and use of tropical edible fruits consumed by tribal communities in East Aceh, Indonesia. The plant materials were randomly collected from four villages in two districts, while local knowledge was gathered through a survey and in-depth interviews. Data were collected by surveying 80 people, 20 from each of four study areas, simple random sampling selected for this study. A total of 15 tropical edible fruit plant species were found in the study area. The fruits are rich in macro and micro-nutrients. Besides being a source of food, they can also be used as remedies for various diseases. This plant has the potential to be used as a commercial crop to increase food shortages, tribal economy, and to regenerate degraded lands. In addition, this study could contribute to educating the younger generation on the importance of tropical wild edible fruit plants.