Betel Nut Offering – Travel Theme: Seeds

This is our entry in Where’s my backpack?’s Travel Theme: Seeds.

This photo was taken at Chinatown’s Pak Klong Flower Market, which is the largest wholesale and retail flower market in Bangkok, Thailand.  The cellophane-wrapped package shown in the photo contains betel leaves, a few slices of the areca nut (a berry, commonly called the betel nut, which is the seed of the areca palm), and assorted spices such as clove, cardamom, or catechu.  It is a kit of ingredients to create the infamous betel nut chew common in Southeast Asia.  The nut slices will be wrapped in the betel leaves, along with the spices and slaked lime, before chewing. However, the buyer of this packaged arrangement will most likely offer it to some Buddha statue in the city or place it on a spirit house, as an offering to its spirits.



This photo was taken on March 2, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/25 sec, 55 mm

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