Areca leaf plates are manufactured from the fallen leaves of the Areca Palm tree. These trees are abundant in India and other Asian countries. They are originally used to harvest betel nut which is used in a popular Indian delicacy. The tree is endowed with huge leaves and fronds, which shed and fall to the ground every few weeks. These leaves are turned into disposable plates, bowls and platters as an alternative to plastic, styrofoam and paper plates. The material does not react with food and will not add any additional taste or chemicals to it. All manner of wet foods can be served without the plate or bowl becoming soggy and losing its integrity. Areca leaf plates are nature's own solution to the harmful results of using paper and plastic disposables.