The nut is soft inside when the husk of the fruit is green in color. Commercially available in almost all forms like dried, fresh and cured, betel nut also known as areca nut is a fruit categorized as a drupe.
The tradition of chewing the mixture of areca nut and betel leaf dates back to thousands of years. When Areca nuts are chewed with beetle leaves and spices (cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms) it becomes what we call a Dhufun.
Chewing them together is relatively mild and it is often compared to that of drinking coffee and tea. Be it an official meeting, a party or just a meeting of friends, Dhufun is a must. It is something enjoyed by men and women of all ages at all times on all occasions.on
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