I found this from Little India yesterday. This is the first time I see people selling betelnuts this way. This stall is outside an Indian restaurant in Jalan Pasar where the Little India conclave is in Penang.
I couldn’t resist taking photos. So, I went to the guy and ask for his permission. I simply must take macro shots of the stuffs because they look so interesting.
Can you see the stuffs on the photo? It is a combination of betel leaves or daun sireh, flavoured with cinnamon powder, some sugar syrup, chopped cherries, fennel (or is it cummins?), sunflower seeds and of course, the betel nut or buah pinang.
I know that betelnut chewing is highly addictive and it can even gives the person a ‘high’. I wish I dare to buy one and try but I can’t visualise myself with a set of red teeth!
The finished product. The leaves are wrapped and topped with a rose petal and fasten together with a clove. Isn’t it a beauty? Go to Wikipedia’s page for some interesting facts on the betelnut.