Chewing Sticks

While in Accra, I a woman carrying small bundles of sticks and asked her
what they were. "Chewing sticks" was the response. How much? 50 pesowas.
Sure, I’ll give it a try. I pulled out a couple of sticks and handed one
to Nat and stuck one in my mouth. It was pretty bitter. Are you sure
we’re doing this right? You’re supposed to chew on these? They don’t
taste very good. Hrm. I thought they would be like sugarcane or
something, but it’s like chewing on a random piece of wood. I think I
have splinters in my mouth. Maybe chewing sticks is a euphemism for
something else? Are we supposed to be putting these in our mouth?

We asked one of the men at the YMCA what exactly these sticks were and
he confirmed that yes, indeed, they were chewing sticks, used for
cleaning teeth. So it’s sort of like a toothbrush, but in stick form.

2 Responses to “Chewing Sticks”

  1. Tudor Says:

    bring some home! i’ve been starving and ate all your shrubberies.

  2. Jason Says:

    Woohoo! I’ve been wanting to get rid of those shrubs. I just picked up a bundle today, I suspect chewing popsicle sticks may do the same thing though.