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My favorite

My favorite - Miraa

This Miraa farmer sings the praises of the stimulating plant, also known as Khat, that is traditionally grown and chewed in Kenya.

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Lucy Wanjiru is a Kenyan farmer and grows Miraa for a living. The plant, also known as Khat, makes farmers work harder or keeps busdrivers awake for longer, she says. The plant has traditionally been grown and chewed on the Horn of Africa peninsula for a long time. But Lucy Wanjiru insists that the Miraa from her region is the best.

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