Areca spp.

Areca is a genus of approx. 50 species of palms generally found in humid tropical forests. The best-known member of the genus is A. catechu, the areca nut palm. Several species of areca nuts, known for their bitter and tangy taste, raw or dried, are routinely used for chewing, especially in combination with the leaves of betel and dried leaves of tobacco. Areca nut is also popularly referred to as betel nut because of its usage for chewing with betel leaves. Betel nut was once the most widely consumed stimulant, but is now restricted to certain parts of Asia and the Pacific region.