Recently Marx Food Blog wanted food bloggers to test out Palm Leaf Plates.
I really enjoyed using these plates. I kid you not, they were more durable then using regular paper plates. Their story on how they are made is also very interesting. If you recently read my Pork Chops with Nectarine post you will see that I used these plates to eat off of when I made the pork. I wanted to use the plates on something I knew we would be using a steak knife on to cut to see if they would hold up. These plates did, you couldn’t even really see the knife marks on them! I highly recommend getting these plates.
I was sent two sizes, 9 1/2 inch hexagon shaped and a 7 1/4 inch hexagon shape.
These plates are made from the Adaka palm tree and are bio-degradable. They are strong, leak proof and can hold hot or cold foods.
So how are they made, it’s a natural, renewable, simple process:
- The freshly fallen naturally discarded sheaths of the Adaka tree are collected.
- Each raw sheath is initially rinsed with water and then hand washed in a natural mixture of water and turmeric. The leaves are then rinsed a third time in water.
- Once clean the plan sheaths dry naturally.
- The leaves are then stretched and flattened. Various plates profiles, including round, square and hexagon shaped dinner plates, are molded using a heated press.
- One to three plates ore more depending on size, can be created from each leaf. In order to maximize the surface area of each sheath, different dinnerware sizes or shapes may be cut from one leaf.
- Once clean and cut, each plate is sun dried and packaged in groups of 25.
You can see here that you can really can’t see the knife marks from cutting the pork and the second picture, you can’t see any knife marks on the back side of the plate!
If you like this plates as much as I did, check out Marx Food’s Website!