Re: Henna from Yemen (Sam I am)

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 20, 2002 at 02:03:29:

In reply to: Re: Henna from Yemen (Sam I am) posted by Jewel on September 20, 2002 at 01:29:03:

Henna certainly can be grown in Mecca. I don't know if its
commercially grown there. And ... I don't know if what's sold there
as Meccan Henna is actually henna grown in Mecca.

The Shiri henna here is from a coastal region in Hadramaut, and gets
little water, therefore is bright red-orange when the paste is scraped
off, seems to be going to black cherry. Last year's Jamila had scant
water, and did the same. The Harazi gets more regular moisture, and
is browner ... or seems to be. I hope I get enough samples that I can
locate geographically that I can figure out just what geographic
characteristics do just what to henna. The texture of this henna
paste ... WOW. FUN TO WORK! It sorta puffs like a souffle when you
add the lemon juice, and if you lift the spoon out, the henna makes a
stretchy string for about 8" before breaking. It's got this elasticky
viscosity .... even when it went granular after adding terps, I gave
it another shot of lemon juice and stirred hard and it went satiny again.


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