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About Tirthahalli Variety of Areca Nut


The Tirthahalli variety of areca nut from Karnataka has long been renowned for its exceptional quality, a recent analysis by the Areca Research Centre at Keladi Shivappa Nayaka University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences in Shivamogga, Karnataka confirms.


Facts for Prelims

About Tirthahalli variety of areca nut:

  • Known for its suitability in producing high-grade nuts, Tirthahalli areca growers can cultivate coveted grades like Nuli and Hasa.
  • Areca nut, also known as betel nut or Supari, is sourced from the areca nut palm and is popularly chewed. India leads both in production and consumption, with significant cultivation in states including Karnataka, Kerala, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, and West Bengal.
  • Arecanut kernels undergo boiling, followed by the addition of areca precipitates after husk removal. Subsequently, the nuts are dried and graded based on market value into categories such as Nuli, Hasa, Rashi, Bette, and Gorabalu.
  • Nuli and Hasa nuts command higher prices compared to Rashi, Bette, and Gorabalu grades.

-Source: The Hindu

May 2024