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  • The Areca nut is the seed of the Areca palm (Areca catechu), which grows in much of the tropical Pacific, Asia, and parts of east Africa. It is commonly referred to as "betel nut" as it is often chewed wrapped in betel leaves.
  • Pooga Singar Deodorant Beauty Soap, made of areca fruit extract. This soap is invented by P. Shankar Bhat Badanaje, a farmer-cum-researcher of Vittla which is available in jasmine, rose, and tulsi fragrances.
  • Areca Nut contains a large quantity of tannin, also gallic acid, a fixed oil gum, a little volatile oil, lignin, and various saline substances. Four alkaloids have been found in Areca Nut - Arecoline, Arecain, Guracine, and a fourth existing in very small quantity. Arecoline resembles Pilocarpine in its effects on the system. Arecaine is the active principle of the Areca Nut.
  • The prices of white arecanut are on a historic high. From last year’s low of Rs 60 a kg, white arecanut is now being traded at Rs 180 a kg. The price rise is of little help for small growers .
  • Badanaje Shankar Bhat, who indigenously developed the soap, said that arecanut was limited only to chewing. Meanwhile, owing to research work, a number of derivates like lipstick, tea powder, soft drinks, ink among others are being possible to produce.
  • The world production of arecanut sums up to around 6,40,000 tonne per annum. India dominates the world production of arecanut, with 51% of the total world production.
  • Betel nut palm is ideally suited for tropical everwet climates (humid tropical lowland, maritime tropical, subtropical wet, tropical wet forest) with high rainfall that is evenly distributed throughout the year.
  • In India,arecanut is mainly grown in the states of Kerala, Karnataka and Assam. Kerala and Karnataka account for about 70% of the country’s production.

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