The betel (Piper betle) is the leaf of a vine belonging to the Piperaceae family, which includes pepper and kava. It is valued for its medicinal properties. Betel leaf is mostly consumed in Asia, as betel quid or in paan, with or without tobacco. The betel plant is an evergreen and perennial creeper, with glossy heart-shaped leaves and white catkin. The betel plant originated from South and South East Asia.