Culture uses leaf sheath of Areca

1. Areca Fan

Nowadays, people are often accustomed to enclosed rooms with air conditioning. More popular than the fan spinning the headlines. It shows the level of civilization of the country. However, for a long time, the culture in harmony with the nature of the Vietnamese has created a familiar and lovely scene, with thatched roofs in the middle of a green garden or beside a pond; summer noon, people in the countryside waving a fan by leaf sheath of Areca tree . The cool breeze, the steady fanfare, brings people to sleep peacefully.

The Areca fan is made from leaf sheath of Areca. People often choose the white, beautiful, even thick, and the largest plates; soak in a shallow pond or boil clean water for about a day to soften. Then place the leaf sheath of Areca on the floor, place it on a straight wooden board and then look for a heavy object to be applied. Leave for 1-2 days. The dry leaf sheath of Areca is straightened out. Finished cut the shape of a fan, take a few red rags to sew the edge so that they do not release the edge. Graft a few small pieces of bamboo into the handle and tie. That makes a very beautiful Areca fan, using 3-5 years does not fail.

Leaf sheath of Areca is made into a fan

2. Steamed rice balls in leaf sheath of Areca

Leaf sheath of Areca is used to wrap rice

Vietnamese rice ball is very rich in the way of using wrapping materials. Vietnamese people can not help but be proud of the lotus leaf rice ball, palm leaf rice ball … and it is impossible not to mention the areca rice ball.

For a long time, ancestors had taken ideas with leaf sheath of Areca. After softening, clean the plate, put in a little hot rice, roll up to seal the edge. Take two bamboo strips to tie the ends tightly and then roll them steadily, gently until the rice is smooth and smooth. Then, clear a few more bamboo strips around the body to make sure, sealed, avoid dust, flies, but still be in contact with the air.

The rice is always soft and supple. Often when going away, people pack a pinch of sesame salt wrapped in freshly wiped banana leaves. But its flavor is described by Bang Son: “The smell of sesame is fragrant, fragrant all over the neighborhood, both rich and creamy, eaten with rice balls, it matches like areca with betel, like rice with persimmon, like melon and banh chung, like the bride to the groom ”.

In Hue, one of the special dishes on A Phu restaurant’s menu is famous rice dish. People often pack rice for lunch at work. They also dipped spathe arecaspathe areca water to soften it, then plucked the rice into the spathe arecaspathe areca, wrapped it together, pressed the rice (pressed rice, called ”com nam” in the North) to make pureed rice, then cut into square pieces to eat. In the rice bowl, people also scoop up fish or salt lemongrass, sesame salt to eat.

As Vietnamese, we think that each of us should try to eat rice with sesame salt at least once in a lifetime to “feel” the taste of the homeland!

Someone commented: Crab groove casters cannot be displayed on the table. Robusta should not be stored in crystal cups. Similarly, rice balls along the way do not need bowls and chopsticks, no table towels. It is like love, containing sincerity is inevitable. It doesn’t need to be flashy, nor does it like luxury. It is the sincere soul of our Vietnamese people, everyone brings with them, through thousands of times of poverty and poverty, but also a thousand generations of faithful love …

3. Arecal leaf broom

Coconut leaf tips in the old days rarely make brooms because they are useful for other things: making fires, making torches. In contrast, now, people use coconut leaf tip brooms, while the broom is almost absent. However, we should also know about the broomsticks that for some people, it is associated with many memories, a deep and sincere feelings.

To make a arecal leaf broom, first, remove the areca leaf from the leaf vessel and then take the gourd knife to take the root according to the root, the top in the top; spread out the front porch to let the golden sunlight harden each areca tree.

The Areca leaf is split in half, medium sized for the broom body. The lanyard is a strip of coconut water stripped from the cornflower buds of the leaves below the river’s edge. The brush has an elegant curved shape that is both beautiful and clean, sweeping smoothly, without shock.

Finished bundles are piled up on the smoky stove until the date “shipped” – sold to the market – or used by themselves.


Areca leaf tip used as a broom

4. Other uses:

In normal life, the soft water-soaked leaf sheath of Areca is a convenient plain packaging for wrapping shrimp, fish, meat and vegetables.

In addition, people also use a leaf sheath of Areca to dig rice, make a bucket to scoop well water, make a pot for dogs to eat, or cut out a lid to seal some melon jars, fish sauce pots, insert roofs to temporarily time to avoid leaks. And even leaf sheath of Areca is used to make sandals, slippers to go.

5. Pull the Areca leaf

Referring to Areca without mentioning the game “pull the Areca leaf “, we feel that something is lacking, very close, familiar, very rustic and simple with country children. Pulling a Areca leaf is an action game for kids that simulates the action of towing country drivers. (When the means of transportation are limited. People mainly walk, even the roads are not available, just the trails along the edge of the field or the embankment) … The game expresses the desire to move quickly by another vehicle with feet.

Along with flying kites, fighting nicely, wading rivers, playing hut … dragging Areca leaf is a game that boldly brings the spirit of the countryside and attaches to the children of rural Vietnam.

Conclusion: From things that we thought had no value, were so useless, but because of their hands and minds, Vietnamese people turned ordinary things into useful things. This highlights the creative flexibility of the Vietnamese people.

Quoted from Falun Gong Journal

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