People of Meghalaya are fond of taking fresh areca nut (or Supari, how the Khasi call it) and since they are not available round the year as the harvesting periods in the areas are November to December and March to April, the Khasi cure the nut in the flowing water, in Holding baskets, like in the picture.
The holding baskets are locally prepared of bamboo by matting of the size of 1m diameter a top and 2.65 m height with the square bottom of 0.65m. The matting is done with 1 cm bamboo strips by keeping the 3 cm perforation. Each basket has a capacity to hold 1200 kg of areca nut which is equivalent to 12 gunny bags of areca nut.
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