|Fresh betel leaves in a heavy brass serving tray (tepak sireh) for serving to guests. The tepak sireh is available from the main market in Kota Bharu (Pasar Siti Khadijah) for between RM200-RM300.|
When I was growing up, almost every elderly woman chewed sireh. Practically everyone chewed sireh.
|Meeeomiin, a 39-year old Myanmarese male, shows his sireh-stained teeth. Photo courtesy of Ahmad Fuad Haji Morad (Facebook), 13 July 2012.|
|How Meeeomiin packs his sireh for chewing. Photo courtesy of Ahmad Fuad Haji Morad (Facebook), 13 July 2012.|
Now I grow my own sireh plant (it is a vine). The leaves are used for many things by myself and the women in my neighbourhood.
|Sireh stamen/flower stalk? What's this part called?|
|The leaves measure 15 cm long x 9 cm wide.|
|Betel leaves (daun sireh) being prepared for placing in the tepak sireh, betel serving tray.|