Bark of a Khair Tree

Bark of a Khair Tree

for your information: Katha is a red color paste used as an an ingredient with paan (betel leaf) many of us know but what is the source at least I was not aware till I visited Talwas (53 km from Bundi) to tour Ajitgarh fort (constructed by Rao Raja Ajit Singh).

A local guide upon query enhanced knowledge about a particular tree – Khair tree. The bark he said is boiled into water to prepare the paste known as Katha.

Image – bark of a Khair tree.