Areca Nut (Areca catechu)
Areca catechu is a species of palm which grows in much of the tropical Pacific, Asia, and parts of east Africa. The palm is believed to have originated in the Philippines, but has become naturalized from countries as far west as India, to Bangladesh, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos,Thailand, Vietnam, southern China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea. It is especially popular among many people of the West indies and the Pacific Ocean, where it is very popular.
The palm, known as the betel tree is popular for the stimulating effects produced when its’ fruit the Areca nut is chewed along with the Betel leaf. The extract of Areca catechu has also shown to have antidepressant properties in rodents.