Areca tree is a species of palm, Areca Catechu, which is grown widely in parts of India and its subcontinent. The species has many names including areca palm, betel tree and the likes
Areca is derived from a local name from the Malabar Coast of India and catechu is from another Malay name for this palm, Caccu.
Areca plates are produced from the leaf Sheaths that fall naturally from these Areca trees. The sheaths are basically the fleshy outer layer that covers the fruit bunch. When the fruit matures these layers open up, degenerate and fall to the ground naturally.
These sheaths are mostly composted or used as fire woods when they are dried
Areca plates are made from these naturally fallen sheaths. These sheaths are carefully collected, cleaned in water and soaked to make them soft, and processed through heat press to mold into different shapes and sizes.
Areca plates are found to be suitable for serving foods and are becoming popular worldwide due to its following supreme benefits:
- Naturally harvested/collected where no tree- cutting activity is undertaken
- The end products are 100% biodegradable and therefore very eco friendly
- The sheath materials carry the quality of the good fiber strength, odorless, water and heat resistant and longer shelf life for end users
- The grain structure and texture is similar to a furniture grade wood, the outer surface of the sheath is greenish brown tough and the inner surface off-white to creamy presenting a good finish to be used as tableware
- No chemicals or preservatives are used during the process of making and packing of these products hence they are toxic free