Re: Henna from Yemen (Sam I am)


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Posted by Jewel on September 20, 2002 at 02:41:43:

In reply to: Re: Henna from Yemen (Sam I am) posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 20, 2002 at 02:03:29:

: 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.

I just chatted with Erfan and he told me that henna is grown in
Mecca. His friend who lives there would pluck the leaves herself. I
do wonder whether the henna was imported. People who bought the henna
for me told me that the sellers will tell them nothing about the
origin.

: 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.

Alot of Meccan henna I've used would "PUFF UP" after adding liquids.
My mom often warn me not to put too much powder because of that ;)

The Jamila I received from you (Sirius 2000) was a rainy season crop,
wasn't it? That was one helluva powder and elastic too. Question is,
does henna get more elastic if it's grown in a dry or wet condition?
I've used henna leaves grown in Singapore and Malaysia. Fresh leaves
are ground to a paste, add lemon juice, catechu, some cooked rice (to
make it sticky) and you get the reddest darkest stains. I don't know
of henna powder from henna leaves grown in this region. It is
generally humid (average humidity ~ 90%) here, a good henna farming
condition. I wonder what kind of henna quality we can get from henna
grown in SIngapore or Malaysia.

~Jewel~

 


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