Apple (Malus domestica) is not native to Indonesia. The first plant was brought in from Australia, by the Dutch in the 1930s. It was planted at Nongkojajar, in Kabupaten (regency) Pasuruan, East Java.
In 1953, the government brought a few types of apples from abroad, including Rome Beauty. In the 1960s, apples were planted at Batu, Malang, East Java and thrived well. The locally grown apples in Indonesia are often known as Apel Malang (Malang Apples).


Not a native to the tropics, apples are vulnerable to many diseases, therefore it is a chemical intensive plant. In 1985, conventional apple gardens are 90% damaged due to pest infestation. And people began to look for alternative way to ensure sustainability of their gardens. Some of the farmers began to practice less chemical intensive method of cultivation, or switch to organic method.
Satvika Bhoga went to Batu in early October, to meet with Pak Kris, the apple farmer that supply naturally grown apples to the shop. We also visited the apple gardens. Pak Kris was inspired to opt for natural farming by the late Ibu Lily, who founded the Lily go to organic movement. This was about 15 years ago. He converted his apple trees to a more natural environment by first eliminating the chemical fertilizers, then reducing the pesticides and other chemicals. Since five years ago, the only chemical he uses regularly is a hormone to prevent flowers from falling off before their time.
He uses very simple method for pest management, by using manure and organic matter, he creates more healthy trees, and reduces vulnerability to pests. Then the light trap is used to trap fruit fly. And he wraps the fruits to prevent other diseases.

Currently he plants four varieties of apples: manalagi (sweet and crunchy), Rome Beauty or known as green malang apple (juicy, sour-sweet), Anna (sour sweet) and Hwang Lin (green, crunchy). Anna is the easiest to maintain using organic method. Rome Beauty is the most difficult.

We have brought to you the naturally grown apples for the past three years, namely Manalagi and Rome Beauty. We bring to you the anna apples now!. Please support the apple farmers who try to eliminate the use of chemicals.


dari perempatan KFC sanur ke arah renon (barat). setelah pertigaan ke jalan danau beratan. persis di sebelah bengkel honda. di sebelah kanan (utara jalan)

from KFC sanur (by pass) to renon (west). after 3section. next to honda. on the right side.


telah buka! soft opening!

segera buka – opening soon

Top 10 Cancer Fighting Foods

The road to healthy life and cancer prevention is easy – eat enough vegetables, fruits, beans and grains. Indeed,  a healthy diet, together with a healthy environment and stress free mind would prevent cancer. But, a healthy diet with sufficient fruits and vegetables is not yet a habit among many people.
This was our finding when Satvika Bhoga started to distribute organic vegetables and other products. At first we thought the main challenge would be to encourage people to switch to organic veggies, given the health and environmental benefits as compared to the prices. But we found another challenge after a year – that the diet of people contains less fresh vegetables. The current lifestyle also makes people in the cities cook less, although buying cooked food may not be a healthy option.
Shira Graber (Yahoo!Health – 08/01/2002) reported that studies showed the cause of one-third of cancer deaths is poor nutrition Also confirmed studies show that crunching and munching on the following vitamin-rich foods is a tried-and-true method of keeping cancer at bay!
1. Tomatoes – These tasty spheres are bursting with the powerful antioxidant vitamin C and lycopene. Vitamin C bolsters the immune system and fends off cancer-causing free radicals, and lycopene is instrumental in cutting the risk of stomach, mouth, bladder, cervical, colon and prostate cancer.
2. Cruciferous Vegetables – Broccoli, red cabbage, cauliflower, kale, red beets and brussels sprouts all belong to this veggie family. All are amply fortified with cancer-fighting phytochemicals, including sulforaphane, beta-carotene and indolcarbinol.
3. Spinach – Popeye knew his nutrition. This dark, leafy vegetable is chock-full of antioxidants such as glutathione, vitamin C, beta-carotene, folic acid and carotenoids. Bright orange carrots are also an excellent source of beta-carotene and carotenoids — chemicals known to curb various cancers.
4. Beans – Beans, beans, they’re good for … beating digestive and breast cancer! Soybeans are stocked with protease inhibitors that don’t let cancer cells invade the body, and also contain isoflavones instrumental in protecting against breast cancer. Fava beans fight carcinogens, reducing the risk of cancer in the digestive tract.
5. Hot red peppers – Biting into these zesty peppers may set off a fire in your mouth, but the capsaicin inside snuffs out harmful carcinogens emitted by cigarettes and some foods. These hot numbers are number one in protecting against lung cancer.
6. Garlic – This member of the onion family isn’t only powerful in flavor and scent. Garlic effectively thwarts carcinogens with organosulfides and allicinthus, helping to protect the body from breast cancer.
7. Oranges – Jam-packed with cancer-fighting bioflavonoids and immune system-boosting vitamin C, oranges also contain 170 photochemicals, including carotenoids. In addition, limonoids found in oranges and other citrus fruits fuel the immune system to fight cancer.
8. Berries – Strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries and red and purple grapes boast more than a sweet taste. These bite-sized fruits get their dark hue from anthocyanins that can neutralize carcinogens. Plus, berries are bursting with flavonoids, a powerful group of cancer-fighting antioxidants. These berries are not always available in Indonesia. Local fruits such as papaya, soursoup, mango and guava are as effective.
9. Fiber-Rich Foods – Foods full of fiber, such as whole wheat, grains, coloured rice and apples, protect the body from pancreatic and stomach cancer while also helping to flush toxins from the body. And apples provide an additional cancer kicker with their ample supply of ellagic acid. Ellagic acid inhibits cancer cell division, thus thwarting the growth process of breast, pancreatic, esophageal, skin, colon and prostate cancer — confirming that apples truly do keep the doctor away.
10. Green and Black Tea – Long heralded for their health benefits, black and green tea are teeming with antioxidants known as polyphenols, the most potent called catechin. Whether you drink them cold or hot, green and black tea can help you fight cancer.
It is optimum to eat organic and raw forms of these foods (except perhaps tea and grains) — free of harmful pesticides or poisons. In keeping with the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Food Pyramid, shoot for five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables and six to eleven servings of beans and grains on a daily basis. Don’t be intimidated by the numbers. Servings are small and can be satisfied with one piece of fruit, a half a cup of fruit or vegetables, or one slice of bread or a few spoonful of coloured rice.

Going healthy is easy!!

Mengenal Sepuluh Makanan Penangkal Kanker

Mau sehat dan terhindar dari kanker? Mudah saja, makan buah, sayuran, koro-koroan dan biji-bijian (padi-padian atau gabah yang biasa digunakan sebagai makanan pokok) utuh dalam porsi yang memadai. Memang pola makan sehat adalah cara yang paling jitu untuk menangkal kanker, selain lingkungan yang bersih dari pencemar dan pikiran yang bebas dari stres. Tapi pola makan sehat dengan sayuran dan buah sebagai bagian utama belum menjadi kebiasaan masyarakat kita.
Hal ini kami alami ketika memulai distribusi sayur dan produk organik. Saat itu, kami berpikir tantangan utama adalah meyakinkan orang-orang akan manfaat produk organik bagi kesehatan dan lingkungan dibandingkan dengan harga yang harus dibayar. Ternyata ada tantangan lain yang kami pahami setelah bisnis ini berjalan hampir satu tahun – bahwa   pola makan masyarakat kita mengandung sedikit sayuran segar. Gaya hidup juga memicu orang di perkotaan untuk malas masak di rumah, padahal makanan dari luar belum tentu sehat.
Pola makan tidak sehat ini adalah salah satu pemicu kanker. Shira Graber (Yahoo!Health – 08/01/2002) menulis bahwa penelitian terbaru menunjukkan mengunyah dan memakan sejumlah pangan yang kaya vitamin ternyata mampu menangkal kanker dengan efektif. Berikut sepuluh makanan penangkal kanker tersebut.
1. Tomat – Bola-bola merah yang lezat ini mengandung vitamin C and lycopene yang merupakan anti-oksidan kuat. Vitamin C memperkuat sistem kekebalan tubuh dan menangkal radikal bebas penyebab kanker. Lycopene memangkas kadar risiko kanker perut, mulut, kandung kemih, serviks dan usus serta prostrat.
2. Sayuran jenis kol – Kol bulat, brokoli, kol merah, kol kembang, sawi hijau termasuk dalam golongan sayur ini. Semuanya mengandung fitokimia penangkal kanker termasuk  sulforaphane, beta-karoten and indolkarbinol.
3. Bayam – Ini alasan kenapa Popeye sehat. Sayuran hijau ini sarat dengan anti-oksidan seperti  glutathione, vitamin C, beta-karoten, asam folat dan karotenoid.  Wortel yang berwarna oranye juga merupakan sumber beta karoten dan karotenoid – bahan kimia yang diketahui mampu mencegah kanker.
4. Kacang Koro-koroan –  Koro-koroan amat baik untuk kanker saluran pencernaan dan payudara. Kedelai sarat dengan inhibitor protease yang menghambat sel kanker menyerang tubuh, dan isoflavon yang melindungi tubuh dari kanker payudara. Kacang Fava (dari Afrika, padanannya adalah koro kebo di Bali-Jawa), berguna mencegah kanker pencernaan.
5. Cabai Merah – Menggigit cabai pedas ini memang tidak nyaman di mulut. Tapi kandungan kapsaisin mematikan karsinogen yang dihasilkan rokok dan beberapa jenis makanan. Cabai pedas ini berperingkat teratas dalam melindungi dari kanker paru-paru.
6. Bawang Putih –  Wah yang ini tidak hanya baunya yang kuat. Bawang putih memangkas karsinogen dengan kandungan organosulfida dan allicinthus, yang membantu tubuh melindungi diri dari kanker payudara.
7. Jeruk – Buah ini sarat dengan bioflavonoid pencegah kanker dan vitamin C yang memperkuat sistem kekebalan tubuh. Jeruk juga mengandung 170 bahan fitokimia termasuk karotenoid. Selain itu, limonoid yang terdapat dalam jeruk dan buah jenis jeruk lain (jeruk besar, jeruk nipis) memberdayakan sistem kekebalan tubuh untuk memerangi kanker.
8. Buah bentuk beri – Stroberi, blueberry, cranberry, raspberi, blackberry, dan anggur hitam serta merah mengandung anthosianin yang dapat menetralkan karsinogen serta flavonoid yang mengandung anti-oksidan penangkal kanker. Buah ini jarang terdapat di Indonesia, tapi anda bisa mengkonsumsi buah lokal yang punya khasiat sama seperti sirsak, mangga, papaya dan jambu biji.
9. Makanan kaya serat  – Makanan yang kaya serat seperti gandum utuh atau beras yang belum dipoles (pecah kulit dan berwarna), sereal dan apel melindungi tubuh dari kanker perut dan pankreas, serta membantu mengeluarkan racun dari tubuh. Apel juga merupakan sumber asam elagik yang menghambat pembelahan sel kanker, sehingga mencegah pertumbuhan sel kanker payudara, pankreas, esofagus, kulit, kolon dan prostat.
10. Teh hitam dan hijau  – Teh sudah lama diketahui mempunyai manfaat bagi kesehatan. Teh hitam dan hijau mengandung anti oksidan polifenol, yang paling kuat disebut catechin. Diminum panas atau dingin, hitam atau hijau, teh bisa membantu menangkal kanker.
Yang paling baik adalah memakan mentah sebagian makanan di atas (kecuali teh dan sereal), dan dalam bentuk organik. Makanan ini tidak hanya mencegah kanker, tapi bila sudah terkena kanker, mengkonsumsi makanan ini  dalam kombinasi dan jumlah yang optimum akan membantu proses penyembuhan.
Badan Obat dan Makanan AS (USDA) menganjurkan makan 5 hingga 9 sajian buah dan sayur serta 6 hingga 11 sajian kacang koro serta biji-bijian setiap hari. Jangan khawatir setiap sajian cukup kecil ukurannya, misalnya satu potong buah, setengah cangkir buah atau sayur, atau sepotong roti, beberapa suap nasi. Maka menjadi sehat adalah hal yang mudah!!

Carrot: The Beta-Carotene Root from Afghanistan

Carrot: the Beta-Carotene Root from Afghanistan

Who would have thought that carrot came from Afghanistan, and is related to parsley, fennel, dill and cumin? The origin of this amazing vegetable is indeed Afghanistan, which also remains the center of diversity for the wild carrot Daucus carota.

The wild carrot is very bitter, but domesticated variety, bred from the subspecies sativus  is sweeter. The current garden carrot has been selectively bred for its greatly enlarged and more palatable roots. It is a biennial plant which grows a rosette of leaves in the spring and summer, while building up the stout taproot, which stores large amounts of sugars for the plant to flower in the second year. In the tropics, carrots are treated as annual plants that can be planted  all the year round. Farmers save some of the best plants to obtain the seeds for the next growing season.

We eat the taproot of the plant, which commonly is orange in colour.  But there are purple, red, white, and yellow varieties as well. The greens of the carrot plant are also edible, although not very popular.

Carrots are well known for its high beta-carotene content, (which is converted into vitamin A by the body), very useful for eyesight. Only 3% of the β-carotene in raw carrots is released during digestion: this can be improved to 39% by pulping, cooking and adding cooking oil. It also contains large amount of vitamin K, traces of vitamin C, vitamin E (alpha tocopherol and vitamin B (thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, niacin).

Carrot is a good source of minerals such as potassium, and manganese. It also contains some amount of sodium, fluoride, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, and calcium. A 100 g of carrot contains about 43 to 48 calories, making it useful for those watching their calories intake.

The calcium in carrot is easily digestible; hence daily requirement of calcium may be met by intake of sufficient quantity of carrot only. Carrot is a wholesome diet for growing children. Carrots chewed can cleanse and strengthen the teeth. Grated carrot mixed with a pinch of salt has beneficial effects on eczema. Carrots contain a hormone known astocokinin which is an insulin-like compound, useful in diabetes. Carrots are useful in gallstone problems, liver diseases, tuberculosis, scanty urination and scanty menstruation. Carrots can develop resistance to cancer, can check growth and spread of cancer cells and heal intestinal ulcers. The nutritional value of carrot makes it good for eye disorders, cataract, tooth disorders, skin care, nervous disorders, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, arthritis, gout, and lung cancer.

Sufficient portion of tomato and carrot can fulfill many of the vitamin and mineral requirements of the body. Consuming  organic tomato and carrot as snack is also a healthy option for children. It may not be easy to persuade children to eat them, so we provide some alternative ways to eat carrots and tomatoes in  “Tomato & Carrot: The Amazing Duo”.

It is best to avoid imported stuff. Although they may look better, the product may not be fresh. The best is to opt for organic, locally grown tomato and carrots, for your daily vitamin and mineral intake. Satvika Bhoga offers carrots and baby carrots at reasonable prices.

Source: G