Betel nut (Indian Hard) - Organic - Areca catechu

Botanical name: Areca catechu

Other names: Betel Palm, Areca

Family: Arecaceae

Distribution: Tropical Pacific, Asia, Africa

Origin : India

The name areca, which means “cavalier”, may be derived from the Kanarese word adeke or the Malayalam adakka. In early Sanskrit works, the palm is referred to as gouvaka. It was already mentioned in Jataka and Pali writings. The first description of the palm, however, is purportedly that of Herodotus (ca. 340 B.C.E.) The British traveler R.Knox, in his Historical Relation of the Island of Ceylon (London, 1681), was obviously impressed, and he described both the use of betel and its economic significance. The first European pictorial representation of the betel nut is a copperplate engraving by Carolus Clusius in Aromatum et cimplicium aliquot medicamentorus… historia.

Our Betel nut

Our Betel nut are higher quality because they're freshly harvested by knowledgeable family farmers, as well as they're stored in the cold and dark. It contains a high content of essential oils.

Our Betel nut are ethically harvested by local family farmers.


Our products are of the highest quality but they have not been certified by the FDA neither Health Canada for human consumption. Therefore, we have to specify that they cannot be sold for human consumption. They are sold for incense and soap making purposes, decorative purposes and/or legitimate ethnobotanical research. The information given about the plants is for academic purposes only and not intended to be used medically. TrancePlants, its suppliers, agents, employees and distributors cannot be held accountable for any misuse of the products offered.


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