Leaf Plate

PREAMBLE

Abundantly available agricultural and forest based products like leaves of Beautia Monosperma, Beautia Superba, Sheets of Arcent palm and Shorea roubusta, Bauhinia Vahill (Sal leaves or seali leaves) are used to make small cusp and plates for serving and packaging food Stuffs. These leaves are available in some parts of south Asia. In India these leaves are available in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar in Plenty. The existing Products made by rural craft men are very poor in physical strength and far from clean and hygienic. There is good scope for self employment for rural and tribal people with a reasonable investment to manufacture improved leaf cup and plate with the help of machine. The leaf cups and plates prepared can be found in Hotels, Railway catering and Temples. These machines are used in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh and they have been accepted by the traders and consumers due to its cost-effectiveness and hygienic consideration and as a replacement to the traditional handmade leaves and other paper products.

BUTEA MONOSPERMA

Butea Monosperma is a species of Butea native to tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and western Indonesia. Common names include Palash, Dhak, Palah, Flame of the Forest. Bastard Teak, Parrot Tree, Keshu (Punjabi) and Kesudo (Gujarati). The leaves of the tree is used for making dinner leaves and leaf plates.

ARECA CATECHU

Areca Catechu is the areca plam or areca nut palm betel palm, (Filipino: bunga, Malay: pinanag, Malayalam: Adakka), a species of palm which grows in much of the tropical Pacific, Asia, and parts of east Africa. The palm is believed to have originated in either Malaysia or the Philippines. Areca is derived from a local name from the Malabar Coast of India and catechu is from another malay name for this palm, caccu. This palm is often called the betel tree because its fruit, the areca nut, is often chewed along with the betel leaf, a leaf from the vine of the Piperaceae family. The leaves of the tree mostly used for making buffet plates.

SHOREA ROBUSTA

In Hindu tradition, the sal tree is said to be favoured by Vishnu. Its name shala, shaal or sal, comes from Sanskrit (Sala, literally "house") a name that suggests it for housing timber, other names in the sanskrit language are ashvakarna, chiraparna and sarja, among many others. These leaves can be used for making donas and plates for serving food stuffs.

BAUHINIA VAHILL - MALOO CREEPER

Common Name: Maloo Creeper, Nak kati lewa, Chehuyr lata, Shimool, Malu, Jallaur, Jallur, Mahul, Chamboli, Mottanvalli, Chambuli, Bhorla, Siyali, Asmantaka, Malanjhana, Mandaraj, Adda, Kattumandarai, Madapu, Adattige, Botanical Name: Family: gulmohar family

Synonyms: Bauhinia racemosa, Phanera vahill Maloo Creeper is the largest creeper in India, and can grow up to 10 - 30 m long. Large leaves are 10 - 45 cm, 2-lobed with a broad cut. The leaves contain lot of fiber and flexibility. These leaves can be store for longer period for the production of dinner leaves and leaf plates.