betel nut

Definition

Food

  • The hard nut of a palm tree, Areca catechu, with stimulating properties, ground and mixed with lime and other spices and wrapped in a betel leaf to make pan. The green unripe nuts are known as chikni and are shelled and boiled before drying. The orange to scarlet ripe nuts are known as chali and are dried in the husk and shelled.
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