"Fruit is definitely on the maintenance diet. It's on the lifestyle diet."

facebook twitter g+ pinterest

Fruits Home  Full List of Fruits  Betel Nut

Betel Nut Fruit

Introduction of Betel Nut

            Scientific name - Areca catechu

The nut is soft inside, when the husk of the fruit is green in color. Commercially available in almost all forms like dried, fresh and cured, betel nut also known as areca nut is a fruit categorized as a drupe. If truth be told, they are not a true nut; in fact it can be cut with a knife. The husk turns into yellow and orange, when the fruit is ripe. Upon drying, the fruit in the interior hardens to a wood-like consistency. The tradition of chewing the mixture of areca nut and betel leaf dates back to thousands of years and it is followed much in the South Asia eastward to the pacific. They are chewed basically for the effects it lets out; it acts as a mild stimulant causing a very slight sensation in the body with heightened alertness, having said that, it differs from person to person. The outcome of chewing them together is nothing effective, but relatively mild and it is often compared to that of drinking coffee and tea.

betel nut fruit 2

Go to Top

Nutritional Value of Betel Nut

Cal 339k
Protein 5.2g
Fat 10.2g
Carb 56.7g
Thiamine/B1 19mg
Riboflavin/B2 10-12 ppm
Niacin/B 31.1mg
Sodium 76mg
Potassium 450mg
Calcium 400mg
Phosphorous 89mg
Iron 4.9mg

Go to Top

Health Benefits of Betel Nut

betel nut fruit 3

Chewing betel leafs with areca nuts is said to have some systemic effects on health. Making it a habit is said to have a greatly increased risk of developing a range of serious diseases.
People who use betel nut, may experience the following:
Upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting ,

Go to Top


Just like any other fruit requirement, with the same basic level things, even betel nut palm is propagated only by seed; however the method depends on the number of palms desired. Sources say that, circumspectly selected seeds are placed in the ground for it to take roots, but in shaded beds or pits until they sprout, later on, the seedlings are transplanted to nursery areas for growing on. Saplings that have more than five leaves are planted out at an age of 12-24 months.

Go to Top

Related Fruits of Acerola

fruits carving toolsfruit facial fruit recipes

Special fruits for this week



Cantaloupe are served as fresh fruit or as salads or as a dessert with ice cream (Read more)



kiwifruit will be fairly large and plump with thin "fuzzy" brown skin   (Read more)



Pineapple fruit is native to the Asian tropics, with a delicate and fresh fragrance   (Read more)


What season does a mango cultivate best in?