Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Betel Leaves

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 arranged for purchase, to follow the ancient tradition of chewing paan Betel Leaves in the Mandalay MarketBetel leaves left, and areca palm nuts right, two of the ingredients for paan.
betel leaves left, and areca nuts right, ready for the classic preparation of paan Areca palm nuts up close; such interesting patterns on the nut slices.
Areca Nuts in the Mandalay MarketFor the classic preparation of paan mix betel leaves, slaked lime, areca nuts and perhaps a little extra in the form of tobacco or spices.
Paan preparation, consisting of betel leaves, slaked lime, areca nuts and spicesThis man, who showed me how to prepare the paan, also demonstrated how to chew the paan.
this man demonstrates how to chew properly prepared betel nuts 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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8 responses to “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Betel Leaves

  1. We use betel leaves for some religious rituals and people eat them with areca nut pieces and after a feast people like to eat betel leaves with areca nut pieces and other ingredients:)

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