Middle East Toothpick Plant

Called “Khella” in the Middle East, the proper name of this plant is Ammi Visnaga.  In appearance, Khella resembles another member of its family, Queen Anne’s Lace.  Native to the Meditteranean region and the Nile Delta, Khella was found to cure a multitude of ailments centuries ago, such as angina, asthma, kidney stones, and sterility.  When the stalks are dried, they become woody and very stiff and make handy dandy toothpicks, which are called “naghash”in Arabic.  Dried bunches of Khella are still sold in markets today throughout the Middle East.


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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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