Image of Asia: Areca nut and betel leaves for sale


In this photo by Eranga Jayawardena, a woman waits for customers as she sells locally grown areca nut and betel leaves in a market in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Chewing a mixture of the leaves and nuts, sometimes with added spices, is common throughout Asia. In Sri Lanka, tobacco and a little lime are added. The tradition is said to be a major cause of oral cancers.

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