How to turn your teeth red….
In Myanmar, chewing betel leaves is a popular pastime. Here the leaves are arranged for purchase as part of the ancient tradition of chewing paan.
Betel leaves left, and areca palm nuts right, two of the ingredients for paan.
Areca palm nuts up close; such interesting patterns on the nut slices.
For the classic preparation of paan mix betel leaves, slaked lime, areca nuts and perhaps a little extra in the form of tobacco or spices.
This man, who showed me how to prepare the paan, also demonstrated how to chew the paan.
I wish I’d tried this. I was worried about my teeth turning red but then I caught a glimpse of myself after drinking red wine and wondered what I was worried about.
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