The Rose Roaster

This is Mr. Sua Yee, a Hmong man in the northern Thailand village of Ban Rai, near Pang Mapha. And this is his clever contraption for drying rose petals, which are sent to Chiang Mai, packaged and sold across Thailand as floral tea. Two fans lie on their sides at the bottom of the sealed box, sending air swirling around alternating layers of petals and silica gels (to soak up the moisture). Open the door, and a gush of potpourri scents the room.

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