The benefits of stained teeth | Ele adike

Not just in interms of cuisine, but the Ele adike has a cultural significance of its own. Right from its rightful place on the brass plate ( Hariwana) during marriages to being stuffed inside the deseased’s mouth, the betle leaf climber is found in everyone’s garden. The arrival of guests has some unspoken rules. And one of them is to get the freshest betle leaves plucked and neatly placed on the brass plate, alongside pieces of the gifted arecanut from the coastal relatives and an old yet faithful dibba, full of slaked lime. This is placed on the table for the guests to devour and gossip, after a hefty meal.