The name Ajwa dates from the Hindu phrase ‘Ajw’ which means ‘attraction of life’. The attraction of life is seen all around us in Ajwa – green tea plantations in Serengeti, the beaches of Boracay and Kanyakumari, hills and mountains of central Laos, the emerald forests of central Thailand, the palm-fringed sands of Borneo, the coral reefs of Bonaire and Malaysia’s green tea mountains. What attracts you to this land? It’s a pretty good question and one that only the locals of Ajwa and the people who sell a variety of products from the region can answer satisfactorily.
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Ajwa dates is its taste. Local boys prepare dates with water from the local stream or kettle and grind them to get a rich flavor. They then add sugar and a few drops of rosewater to bring out the richness of the flavor. The dates are cooked for about an hour in coconut oil to extract the natural oils and to make them soft. Then they are made into small balls and fried in hot oil until they become light and crispy.
From a long lasting tradition, Ajwa dates have now been exported to the whole world. The sri lanka region has been famous all over the world because of the quality of its tea and spices. As such, the export of Ajwa dates is in high demand. While the business of Ajwa dates is thriving in the sri lanka, it has yet to catch up in other areas of central Malaysia.
But this is no reason to despair. There are many avenues that can help you enjoy the sweet, rich flavor of Ajwa and at the same time earn some cash as well. For one, there are some plantation owners who let their land be used for growing tea on a small scale. This allows them to pay the rental fee to the plantation owners and thus reap profit from the fruits of their labor. This kind of plantation also offers a good opportunity to try something different from what you are used to.
In addition to this, there are also others who grow tea on their own private plantations. This is a more challenging task since the owner must take care of the plantation, ensuring that it does not face any kind of threats like deforestation or pests. The best way for them to achieve this is to ensure that they only plant trees that are native to their area. They should also plant plants that do not need much water to survive. Planting trees with a heavy dependence on water can also be hazardous.
In order to protect their plantation and also ensure that the sugarcane remains intact, plantation owners plant a fence around their plantation. They can also put up a canopy so as to protect the soil and prevent pests like rodents and insects from destroying the sugar cane. This is because once these animals get into the sugar cane, they cause damage to the leaves and eventually to the cane. Maintaining strict rules and regulations is also important in order to maintain a good relationship with the local communities as well as the tourists visiting the area.