The betel (Piper betle) is the leaf of a vine belonging to the Piperaceae family, which includes pepper and kava. It is valued both as a mild stimulant and for its medicinal properties. Betel leaf is mostly consumed in Asia.
Elsewhere in the world it is used by by some Asian emigrants as betel quid or paan with or without tobacco.
In an addictive psycho-stimulating and euphoria-inducing formulation with adverse health effects.Betel is notable for staining the teeth of regular users.
The betel plant is an evergreen and perennial creeper, with glossy heart-shaped leaves and white catkin. The betel plant originated from South and South East Asia.
The betel leaf is cultivated in most of South and Southeast Asia. Since it is a creeper, it needs a compatible tree or a long pole for support.
Betel requires high land and especially fertile soil. Waterlogged, saline and alkali soils are unsuitable for its cultivation.Betel leaf is the leaf of a kind of creeper or climbing plant. It is a glossy, oval leaf.
The plant’s main areas of consumption, according to experts, are mainly limited to the areas of its origin in Southeast Asia, where the plant is called Paan in regional languages.
The growing of the Betel plant provides an interesting case study for abnormal agriculture.
It needs physical support in order to grow since like ivy it is a creeping vine. In addition excessively alkaline soils are not good for this plant.
Excessive moisture will make its growth difficult.Farmers in the traditional regions that support the Betel plant use strategies like terracing and trellises to support the plant as well as specific indigenous fertilizers for promoting its growth.
A twining vine part of the pepper family, whose leaves yield an aromatic essential oil rich in powerfully antiseptic phenols.
The leaves are also rich in starch, sugars and tannins. The cultivation of this creeper needs a lot of care and attention.
Dryness and exposure to the sun for too long a period can harm and plant.
The heart-shaped leaves have distinct pleasant aroma and are commonly chewed alone or with other plant materials.
Betel Leaf is almost entirely used in India , it has no known use in French Perfumery. In mouth freshners it can impart a very natural aroma and taste of Betel Leaf.