Originally originated in India, the hookah is composed of coconut shells and hollow bamboo pipes, mainly used to smoke old-fashioned black tobacco. Later it became popular in Persia. In the Middle East, especially in Turkey and Iran during the Ottoman Empire, hookah was once considered a 'dancing princess and snake.' It gradually spread to the Arab world and has a history of more than 500 years. It has been carried forward by Arabs and has become a common way of smoking tobacco.
With the development of the hookah, there have been some innovations in its shape. It is composed of glass bottles and metal pipes. The life of the hookah is longer and it is closer to the contemporary aesthetics. The hookah also changed from the original black tobacco to the more popular fruit tobacco.
Hookah tobacco is divided into fruit, herbs and mixed flavors. Fruit tobacco is generally made from a mixture of fresh tobacco leaves, dried fruit meat and honey. The taste is apple, coconut, blueberry, lemon, banana, mango, pineapple, water-tight peach, and cantaloupe. , Fennel, etc .; mixed flavors include coffee, cocktails, cappuccino, etc. You can also mix different flavors of cut tobacco according to personal preference. You can also add apple juice, cherry juice, grape juice, orange juice, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, rose oil, or even wine to the hookah water. This 'cocktail blending' method can make the taste of tobacco more intense.
The shadow of hookah can be seen in many art works handed down from ancient times. The Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian writer, Najib Mahafuz, is said to be inspired by the cafes and hookahs he frequents. Western media also commented that the thinking of Arab intellectuals was packed in their smoking pots. The status and popularity of hookah in the Arab world can be seen.