Watermelon Pizza

This time of the year, it is the best season to enjoy this fresh fruit, the watermelon! Blueboots Farm have come up with a special recipe to enjoy watermelon at its best, while keeping its freshness and adding it with a bit of a crunch for your homemade cocktail party. So here goes the recipe.


Watermelon Pizza

Nuts of your choice such as cashew, almond or macadamia
Chocolate nibs
Blueboots Farm micro basil


  1. Cut watermelon into bite-size triangle pieces about 1.5-2 cm thick.
  2. Chop your choice of nuts roughly.
  3. Sprinkle some creamy nuts such as cashews/almonds/macadamia and chocolate bits on top of the pizza.
  4. Lastly, we add Blueboots Farm micro basil on top of each pizza to give aroma and freshness to each bite.


Akmal’s Favourite Plant (Which Now Becomes Our Favourite Too!)

One of our latest acquired talents at the farm is Akmal, who just recently started to help us at Blueboots Farm. Akmal is only 23 years old and currently studying at Institut Pertanian Bogor. Although no one in Akmal’s family is in agriculture but we know that he has a deep passion in farming! We wondered why… Apparently it started when he joined the national science competition in junior high school and was competing in biotech area. From there his interest in agriculture grew and he decided to do it seriously.

From his journey surrounded by plants and the amazing produces that we have here in Indonesia, which one is it then that amaze him the most? Akmal confessed that coffee would be his favourite plant. Not because of all the hype that coffee has been getting lately, but he thinks that coffee has such a unique character which is quite different from any other plants.

Akmal has worked with coffee before while he was studying at IPB where he studied the theories and planted coffee to be learned from. Coffee’s special character is that it has to be grown in 800m minimum elevation. Pre-nursery is rather difficult because coffee requires delicate care especially Arabica. Akmal’s favourite coffee would be Sidikalang coffee from North Sumatra. It is rather a famous one especially because it’s grown in a high altitude above 1500m.

Now that we know more about Akmal and his favourite plant, we are hoping that we can all learn together. Watch this space to see more progress at Blueboots Farm.

Growing This Funky Plant

This is the first time Blueboots Farm tried planting Daikon radish and we are pleasantly surprise how easily and quickly they grow. We started planting the radish seeds in seed trays filled with good compost, cocopeat and rice husks. After 2 weeks, the seeds sprouted baby seedlings ready to be planted into the soil. Alternatively, you can also plant the seed directly into the soil 1.5 cm deep.

Daikon radishes need more space than garden radishes. About 15 cm apart from seedling to seedling and 50 cm apart between rows will give sufficient space and nutrition for the radish to grow up 40 cm long and 8 cm wide!

The picture shown above is about 40 days old daikon radish. We are planning to harvest the daikon radishes when they are 60 – 70 days old. Let’s see how much bigger and bolder they will grow up to!

Daikon radish can be turned to many versatile dishes. From eating it raw in salads, boiling it in soup, roasting it with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper to pickling and fermenting the radish for tangy and crunchy accompaniment to that Korean fried chicken. Oh, the list go on… how can you not love this wonderful produce?

The Season’s Best Produce

We have about 60 trees of clove trees in our mini forest. In June, the forest will be infatuated with the smell of cloves. It takes skills and experience to harvest cloves as the tree is tall and we do not want to break its branches. Farmers uses wooden ladder and a basket trap to collect the cloves. After harvesting, we will dry the freshly-picked cloves under the sun for about a week.

Clove has been an important commodity for Indonesia since the trading era. It is one of the most sought after spices for its usage as medicine to cigars. Native to Maluku island, which commonly called as the Spice Island, we are lucky to have clove in our mini forest to learn from.

Gooey Peanut Butter Cookies

Been wanting to try a gluten free cookies? Try it with our flourless peanut butter cookie recipe! We recommend dipping it in hot milk if you need some midnight snack.
1 cup Blueboots Farm Peanut Butter
¼ cup mix of brown & white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Yield: ~ 1 kg cookie dough

Preheat oven to 180oC
Cream peanut butter, vanilla, eggs and all sugar until smooth
Add baking soda and salt, mix thoroughly
Scoop the dough according to prefered size
Bake for 10 minutes, rotate in between.

Lemongrass as Traditional Remedy

Lemongrass has become one of our favourite plants. Believed to be a native plant of Indonesia, lemongrass or ‘sereh’ as how Indonesian normally call it, carries lots of benefits and has been used locally since a long time ago. It grows abundantly in Blueboots Farm (and everywhere else in Indonesia!), it has lots of benefits for our health and it does not cost much at all. Here are a couple of things that we think is rather beneficial from the humble lemongrass.

  1. Heals Cold & Cough. Carrying antibacterial and antifungal properties, lemongrass has been used widely to heal cold, cough and flu symptoms. It also has lots of vitamin C, which improves your immune system. We love to have it as lemongrass and honey tea when it looks like we are about to catch a cold.
  2. Helps Digestion. Lemongrass is commonly known to help treat digestive problems like indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting and cramps due to its antiseptic compounds. It is also beneficial in repopulating good bacteria in the colon.
  3. Calming Effect. We love to use lemongrass oil as aromatherapy when we are feeling a bit blue. Lemongrass has a calming, warming effect and even better, it can keep mosquitos away.

Those are the benefits of lemongrass as traditional remedy that we have used ourselves at Blueboots Farm. You too now can adapt this at home and make the most of this abundant plant!

Introducing Pak Yayan

Pak Yayan is born and raised in this very area where Blueboots Farm is located. He has spent most of his life shifting from plot to plot working on people’s plot of land to grow rice paddies, taro, cassava, sweet potatoes and many more. We are so blessed to have Pak Yayan on our team as he has the experience and local wisdom knowledge we needed to support the farm’s activities. He has a special love towards local varieties of bananas which he planted all at the edges of the farm as a personal collection.

We spent some time this morning with Pak Yayan to know him a little bit more and to find the motivation behind his love in farming and the struggles he had with organic farming.

Blueboots Farm: Bagaimana dulu awalnya mulai bertani, Pak? (How did you start farming?)
Pak Yayan: Saya mulai bertani sejak umur 20 tahun. Pertama kali mulai bertani karena orang tua saya juga petani. Kakak adik saya ada yang bertani juga dan ada yang kerja bangunan. Dulu kebanyakan kami menanam tomat, timun dan cabe untuk dijual di pasar.

I started farming when I was 20 years old. In the beginning, I started farming because my parents were farmers as well. Some of my siblings do farming, but some also work in construction. We used to grow tomato, cucumber and chili to be sold in the traditional market.  

BF: Apa yang Bapak nikmati dari bertani? (What do you enjoy the most from farming?)
Yang saya suka dari bertani adalah karena ada hasilnya dari bertani. Bisa merasakan hasilnya dari tanaman yang sudah dirawat. Walaupun modalnya besar, tapi nantinya akan menghasilkan lumayan.

The thing that I enjoyed from farming is there is a real result out of it. I can see the result after taking care of the plants. Although the cost is not small, but the result will be worth it.

BF: Pengalaman menarik apa yang Bapak pernah temui saat bertani? (What interesting experience did you encounter while you were farming?)
Dulu waktu orang tua saya bertani, mereka menggunakan metode organik. Jadi pupuknya dari kotoran kambing atau dari abu bakar. Kira-kira di tahun ‘60an pupuk baru umum digunakan. Tapi bertani organik memang lebih susah daripada bertani konvensional.

When my parents started farming, they used organic method. So the fertilizer is from goat’s manure or from ash. Approximately in the 60s, synthetic fertilizer was commonly used.

However, organic farming is harder than conventional farming.

4 Random Things that Grow in Blueboots Farm

At times when we wander around our farm, we found some things that we could not remember we have planted before. Without much care and maintenance, these plants grew healthily and productively to give us abundant food to eat. Our farmers sometimes came up with impromptu recipes around the day’s produce to become our meal that day. It is rather satisfying to eat from our land’s own produce and hopefully we can share more fresh produces to you!
Here are some things that we harvested this morning: lots and lots of spicy green chillis, crunchy and sweet purple eggplant, refreshing salad eggplant (terong lalap) and aromatic yellow passion fruits. We are thinking maybe some grill the eggplants with some soy sauce and green chilli paste, have the salad eggplant fresh with sambal and turn the passion fruit into a sauce for ice cream on a hot day! Perhaps you have any thoughts on what we should turn these produces into?

Rainy-Day Soup

If you have a slow cooker or a crock pot, this recipe will be super easy. Just dump all of the ingredients into the pot and let it cook on its own. Not only easy, this soup is also nutritious, which may help when you’re feeling under the weather.

If you don’t have a slow cooker, here’s how to cook up some comforting bean soup (straight from mom’s recipe book):

1 water chestnut, finely diced
1 large section of lotus root, sliced
0.5 kg fresh peanuts
2 carrots, diced
1L water
Salt & white pepper to season

  1. Put the water chestnut and water into the pot
  2. Once boiling, add the lotus root and peanuts (for a heartier soup you can add 0.5 kg diced chicken meat at this point), cook until simmering, then add the carrots,
  3. Once they are all cooked (about 12-15 minutes on medium-high heat) taste and season the soup

A cup of warm soup is best shared during the rain, enjoy.