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Areca nuts or Betel nuts (Shillong)

Areca nut is normally taken with betel leaf and lime(stone product and not the citrus variety) as a stimulant. On its own it is no great shakes in taste. It is available in dried(supari), cured and fresh form, as shown here. In the mainland it is chewed along with catechu(kattha) clove , cardamon and other sweetening ingredients. In the North East of India it is mostly chewed with betel leaf and lime only. It is no doubt a good stimulant but it is addictive and chewing too much of it is resulting into health hazard in many cases.

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Taken on November 3, 2009