areca palm tree - betel tree (india)


Those small palm trees are Areca trees, that produce a nut commonly called Betel nut.­

The Areca nut is wrapped with Betel leaf and chewed for its exhilarating lift.­ Betel chewing has been claimed to produce a sense of well-being, euphoria, heightened alertness, sweating, salivation, a hot sensation in the body and increased capacity to work.­

Just like alcohol, tobacco, coffee and sakau, Areca nut and Betel leaf are culturally-approved psychoactive drugs.­

The Areca nut, by association, is sometimes inaccurately called the "Betel nut" or "Betel Quids".­

See the Areca nut Wikipedia article.

See the Betel leaves Wikipedia article.

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Surok Mawlynnong, Mawlynnong, Meghalaya 793109, India

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­