The glossy and heart-shaped betel leaf is part of the tradition and culture of Sri lanka. Betel in Batticaloa is widely cultivated in small plots around Â Kaluthavalai, Kaluwanchikudy and ThethathivuÂ areas. This twining vine plant is part of the pepper family, with leaves that yield aromatic essential oils rich in antiseptic phenol. The cultivation of Betel needs a lot of care to receive the maximum price. Betel isÂ chewed with tobacco leaf mostly in south Asian countries. Â
Â A sheaf of betel leaves is offered as a mark of respect during introductions, greeting elders, and greeting dignitaries at special occasions. It is also offered to elders for their blessings during the New Year.