Arecanut (Kerala Local Variety)

Original price was: ₹135.00.Current price is: ₹85.00.

Genus : Areca

“Experience the rich cultural heritage of Kerala with our Arecanut plant, showcasing the traditional flavors of the local variety. Grow this unique plant at home and savor the authentic taste.”

Arecanut, also known as betel nut, is a seed of the areca palm (Areca catechu), which is native to Southeast Asia. It is widely consumed in India and other parts of Asia, as well as in some African countries.

The Kerala local variety of arecanut is known for its unique flavor and aroma. It is typically grown in the hilly regions of Kerala, especially in the districts of Kasaragod and Kannur. The soil and climate conditions in these areas are ideal for the cultivation of arecanut, and farmers have been growing it for generations.

The Kerala local variety of arecanut is medium-sized, with a brownish-red or dark brown color. It has a smooth surface and a hard texture. When ripe, the arecanut is harvested and dried in the sun for several days. It is then split open to remove the seed from the husk.

The seed inside the arecanut is rich in nutrients, including carbohydrates, protein, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and iron. It also contains alkaloids such as arecoline and arecaidine, which have mild stimulant effects.

In Kerala, arecanut is typically consumed along with betel leaves and slaked lime as a traditional snack called “paan”. The betel leaves are coated with slaked lime and then folded around a small piece of arecanut before being chewed. This combination is said to have digestive and stimulant properties, as well as a refreshing taste.

Apart from its use as a snack, arecanut is also used in traditional medicine for a variety of purposes. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and anti-microbial properties, among others.

Overall, the Kerala local variety of arecanut is a prized crop that is deeply ingrained in the culture and traditions of the region. Its unique flavor, aroma, and nutritional properties make it a valuable ingredient in a variety of applications, from snacks to medicines.

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