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Take an Edible Tour of Miami's Kampong Gardens

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Betel nut, also known as areca nut, is actually a berry, widely chewed as an addictive stimulant in many parts of Southeast Asia, and is also a traditional medicinal ingredient in some places. Although betel nut has been linked to cancer and other diseases (and stains chewers' teeth), it's still popular in many areas, particularly poorer, rural regions. You may even find it in some Asian markets in the United States, as it's not a controlled substance, but The Kampong is one of the few places where you can actually see it growing on our shores.

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