Betel Leaf

 

  • Place of origin: South and South East Asia.
  • Description: Evergreen, perennial  creeper with heart-shaped aromatic leaves that are fondly used as the main ingredient in ‘Paan’ along with areca nut and or tobacco.
  • Grow best: In well-draining soil in partial shade and adequate irrigation.
  • Use: Grown outdoors even along walls and fences. Used in paan. As a mark of respect, a sheaf of betel leaves and a few areca nuts are offered to elders during auspicious occasions and during worship. Also in preparation of Myanmar/ Thai/Malaysian noodle soups.