areca palm tree - betel tree (india)

areca palm tree - betel tree (india), areca tree, east khasi hills, mawlynnong, meghalaya, palm tree, trees

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