In the central part of Bhutan, some people used to eat areca catechu. It is different from Taiwan’s areca catechu, Bhutanese always eat fresh rather then air-dried ones. Nowdays, it is well known that areca catechu is not good for our health, Bhutan government thus encourages people to stay away from areca catechu.
The history of the Bhutanese began to eat areca catechu was an interesting story. Caiwang said when Padmasambhava( also known as Guru Rinpoche) first came to Bhutan, he saw people hunting and killing animals for food. He replaced areca catechu to local people from meat.
Bhutan Government prohibited people to kill animals. Therefore, they only imported meat from the countries nearby. Due to the transportation problem, meat is considered as rare ingredients in this country and thus meat are always air dried or cured. My friends seem didn’t like the only dish with meat. Vegetables is fresh and far more delicious than meat in Bhutan. Maybe it is a good chance for us to reflect, is it necessary to eat meat to survive?