What is Bethroot?
Bethroot (or Betel) is a creeping vine that grows in tropical climates, typically in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It is known for its glossy, evergreen leaflets and its fragrant white flowers. Betel’s leaves, roots, rhizomes, and fruits are used in traditional and alternative medicine and are eaten as a stimulant and digestion aid.
Where is Betel generally used?
Betel is traditionally used in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and parts of Southeast Asia. It is often chewed with three other betel leaves along with a paste made from the seeds of the Areca nut, which is known as the fourth betel. In some countries, Betel is also mixed with smoked tobacco or marijuana and rolled in a paan leaf for consumption.
Where is Betel found?
Betel is usually grown in tropical climates. In India, the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana are the major producers of Betel. In other countries like Sri Lanka, it is mainly grown in home gardens.
What are the health benefits of Betel?
Betel is believed to have many health benefits, including relieving stress and anxiety, improving digestion, aiding circulation, boosting immunity, promoting healthy skin, and even treating fever, cough, diarrhea, and digestive problems. Additionally, Betel is said to have antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that may protect the body from disease.
Interesting Facts about Betel
- Betel is also sometimes referred to as ‘the fourth betel’ because it is often consumed with three other betel leaves.
- Betel is an integral part of traditional Indian culture, often presented as an offering to guests at weddings and special occasions.
- Betel leaves are said to have a mild peppery taste and a sweet aroma when chewed.
- Betel is sometimes combined with tobacco or marijuana and wrapped in a paan leaf for consumption.
List of other similar ingredients
- Piper nigrum (Black pepper)
- Piper longum (Long pepper)