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This section contains a list of names of miraa varieties. Different varieties of miraa are picked from different parts of the tree: the best quality, and most widely sold varieties, are those picked from the main ‘skeletal’ branches. These include those retailed as giza, kangeta, alele, colombo, and shurba ya karama and shurba ya nkinyang’a. Lower grade varieties are taken from overhanging leafy clumps at the end of branches when these require pruning. These varieties are not plucked off branches, but are snapped off at a suitable length: thus the name makata, from kukata meaning ‘to cut’ in Kiswahili, is given to one of these varieties.

Keywords: alele; colombo; giza; kangeta; miraa varieties



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