Just to be clear this is a "food" to be eaten. Correct?
Tacano is 'cheap' in Spanish, an insult here locally in El Salvador, where except for the tourist/surfer beaches and in Guatemala as well, where the backpackers usually stgayon the gringo trail, you rarely see them in remote areas or small villagers where there are no other travelers, the exception is Peace Corps or other volunteers, I like the foreign women who come here, dress up nice, stay in nice hotels or guest houses, go out, lively night life in San Salvador and the nearby Beaches on weekends, everyone has their own budget, from rock bottom to high end, their business, I had errands yesterday and took a long city bus ride, many of teh younger people were better dressed than I, the guy behind me was talking on a Blackberry, security is fairly good in El Salvador if you stay out of marginal areas and people very friendly in relaxed situations, so if you find a small town or remote beach where there is very little crime and locals are friendly and there are no 'tourists' and is inexpensive, keep it to yourself, do not bloq it all over the web or the tourists and tour operators and bars and hotels will come!!!! prefer that adverb to 'cheap', when I was a guide had a few 'cheap' clients, they embarresed me, some were backpacking, some were not, one group of Brits with a 3 year old Lonely Planet with an old price, started a fight with local boatmen over price of a ferry ride in Guatemala, I instantly refunded their money, got in the car and left them on the beach, no buses for a kiometer or two, Told em I lived here and was coming back, the family of one of the boatmen were friends of mine, the dispute was over 50 centavos of 1 Quetzal per person, then about 18 cents USD!!! Never piss off locals over a few cents, if you feel you are getting shafted by a taxi driver or scammer local guide, that is different, go and get a second opinion from a local or two inside a store or office, not attracting attention, is best, anywhere in the world, including USA and Europe, if you bus it, get as far away from the bus terminals and the areas around them as soon as is possible, after arriva in an authorized taxi or minibus or tuk tuk, whateverl. Bus terminals are Scammer/bag snatcher heaven. Be alert, never paranoid
CONGRATULATIONS Andy on the picture sold. Such a weird item to have sold but guess with others there's too much competition.
I believe this is Kaolinite, but normally called Kaolin in Africa, this photo was taken in Kenya. Ruby is a brand name, so not truly related, the package is selling,
I believe this is an ingredient in Coca Cola.
In the East and West Africa, the women believe that by chewing on a little of this clay will help them with their pregnancy.
In the USA we are too removed, too far away from where things come, for example Cinnamon, it is just eating wood from a tree. In this situation, Kenya English simplified the word to a very common word "clay," while in reality I think this is a very specific compound called Kaolinite or Kaolin.
Not very pure, like eating the Coca leaves to get to the Cocaine, or drinking coffee to have the caffeine.
Quote from Wiki:
"Medicinal and culinary uses
Kaolin. A folk medicine use is to soothe an upset stomach, similar to the way parrots (and later, humans) in South America originally used it.
Kaolin is, or has been, used as the active substance in liquid anti-diarrhea medicines such as Kaomagma and Kaopectate. Such medicines were changed away from aluminium substances due to a scare over Alzheimer's disease, but have since changed back to compounds containing aluminium as they are more effective.
Kaolin is known in traditional Chinese medicine by the name ch¨¬sh¨ªzh¨© (³àÊ¯Ö¬), literally "crimson stone resin".
In Africa, kaolin is sometimes known as kalaba (in Gabon and Cameroon), calaba, and calabachop (in Equatorial Guinea). It is used for facial masks or soap and is eaten for pleasure or to suppress hunger, a practice known as geophagy. Consumption is greater among women, especially during pregnancy.
This practice is also seen among black women in the Southern United States, especially Georgia There, the kaolin is called white dirt, chalk or white clay.