In Thailand, it’s a common thing to see older women chewing betel nuts – a tradition that has been around for thousands of years. But since it’s hard to find younger people who chew betel nuts these days, this tradition will eventually die.
Betel nut chew is a mix of three main ingredients: betel nut (areca nut), betel leaf and limestone paste. These three ingredients need to be combined to provide a stimulant and psychoactive effect.
I have watched my wife’s grandmother fixing her betel nut chew many times before, but this day I decided to try it out.