Eating the Flowers of Paradise: One Man’s Journey Through Ethiopia and Yemen

Author : Kevin Rushby

Year : 1998

Palgrave Macmillan, 2000 – History – 336 pages
Ethiopia in Eastern Africa and Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula remain two of the most inviting outposts for travelers seeking the exotic. In these two places, Qat is just one name given to a green leafy plant that is cultivated there. When chewed, the leaves of this plant release two substances that produce a hypnotic, reverential “high,” distinctive in the thoughtful state it induces. Kevin Rushby discovered that the use of Qat is a way of life since it plays a pivotal role in all facets of the culture influencing everything from architecture to television schedules.