Lady teacher in Viet Nam. Most elder women in Viet Nam chew on areca nut which is commonly referred to as betel nuts or Paan.
The areca nut is called betel nut because sometimes it is chowed rapped in betel nut leaves. The arenca catechu is a palm tree that grows all over tropical pacific.
Curiously, in Vietnam, the areca nut and the betel leaf are such important symbols of love and marriage that in vietnamese the phrase “matters of betel and areca” is synonymous with marriage. The tradition of chewing areca nuts starts the talk between the groom’s parents and the bride’s parents about the young couple’s marriage. Therefore, the leaves and juices are used ceremonially in Vietnamese weddings. The folk tale explaining the origin of this Vietnamese tradition is a good illustration of the belief that the combination of areca nut and the betel leaf is ideal to the point they are practically inseparable, like an idealized married couple.