Sun Caterers, it is traditional to serve food on banana leaves. Guests are given the top part of the leaf while family members are given the lower parts. Everybody sits together on the floor and eats with their hands. Rice, meat, vegetables, Aviyal, Poriyal, curries, Appalam, Payasam and pickles are all served on the same leaf, since it is large enough to accommodate a whole meal.
Eating on banana leaves is a custom that dates back thousands of years, however its benefits are still relevant today.
While banana leaves are not easy to digest if eaten directly, the food absorbs the polyphenols from the leaves, so that you get the benefit of the nutrition.
Most people use plastic or Styrofoam plates when they need disposable utensils, however banana leaves are a much more eco-friendly option. They decompose in a very short time, unlike plastic, which takes hundreds of years to biodegrade.
Banana leaves do not require a lot of cleaning - they just need to be rinsed with a little water and they are ready to use. If you are eating at a place where the hygiene standards are questionable, you are much better off eating from a banana leaf than from a plate that has not been cleaned properly.
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