Areca seeds (a.k.a. betel nuts)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s a green-themed post.

I was visiting Kek Lok Si Temple in Malaysia when I saw this palm tree with brightly coloured green and red nuts. Had no idea what they were until I got home and did a bit of a Google search. Turns out they’re seeds from the Areca palm, more commonly known by the technically incorrect name “betel nut.” And they’re normally chewed with betel leaves as a stimulant. I admit, if I had known what they were I would have been tempted to pluck one off the tree to sample….

seed of the Areca palm (a.k.a. betel nut)

seed of the Areca palm (a.k.a. betel nut)

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