Areca nut palm
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Penang: island of the areca nut palm, literally

Chewed as a stimulant in Southeast Asia, the nut has largely fallen out of fashion in China, where it was taken with betel leaf and lime ash to aid digestion

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