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Betel Nut

Areca catechu

a.k.a. Betel Palm

Medium sized palm fruit containing a number of seeds, the betel nuts, which are chewed for their stimulatory effects.

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Description

A large palm, up to 90ft tall.

Hardiness

Not frost hardy. Exact hardiness unknown, probably 40-45F.

Growing Environment

The betel palm prefers moist soil with excellent drainage and a moist tropical climate. It is too tender to grow outside of the tropics and does not tolerate drought.

Propagation

By seeds.

Uses

The nuts are chewed, usually in wrapped in betel leaves, along with some lime and spices for flavoring. The nuts contain arecoline, a strong stimulant. Chewing of the nuts releases brightly yellow colored keratin. Medicinally, the betel nut is used to treat intestinal worms.

Native Range

Native to Indonesia.

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