A tree to call our own: The Pinang

December 2009 OPINION
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The pinang tree has been a part of Penang for countless generations.With its many uses from trade to health to culture, the tree is a potent, unifying symbol for the island's rich history and its diverse people. There are far fewer trees today than 500 years ago, but they still remain inseparable from Penang’s identity.The pinang fruit is known as the betel rut. It is really an areca nut, traditionally wrapped with a betel leaf, or sirih, then chewed. Mineral...

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