A Study on Betel Leaf in Indian Customs & Culinary


Authors : Pulla Suresh

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 2 - February

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The betel pepper plant is an evergreen and perennial creeper with shiny heart formed leaves and slim. It's a native of central and Japanese Asian country that spreads throughout tropical Asia and later to Madagascar and geographical area. 15-20 million folks consume betel pepper leaves in India on an everyday basis, besides those in alternative countries of the globe. It was conjointly used as an offering to Hindu deities. These days' betel pepper is grown up for native consumption and exports. Major betel pepper leaves growing countries area Ceylon, India, Thailand and Bangladesh. Betel pepper leaves area cultivated within the states of state, province, Bihar, Gujarat, Odisha, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan states and geographical region. India exports 10,386.52 MT of betel pepper Leaves to the globe for the value of Rs. 37.60 crores/ 5.22 USD Millions in 2019-20. There's archeological proof that the betel pepper leaves are chewed in conjunction with the betel nut since ancient days. Betel pepper leaves are used as a stimulant, antiseptic and a breath-freshener and conjointly in their social, religious, medicinal, and veterinary uses. Tambula (betel leaf) could be a token of honor, pledge& love and exchange could be a sign of wedding or betrothal. This single tradition is an integral part of the traditional knowledge, art, rituals, ceremonies, and intercommunication of existence in the Asian nations like India, Malaysia, Myanmar; Thailand, and Vietnam.

Keywords : Betel pepper leaf, Export, Medicine, Types

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