The Beauty of Acacia Wood in the Kitchen

A little known fact about Acacia wood: there are about 160 species of Acacia shrubs and trees – some of which are known as “mimosa trees” for their beautiful yellow flowers. Let's take you on a tour into the beautiful world of Acacia wood.

Elevate Your Kitchen With Acacia Wood

A high quality, rich, dark-grained wood, Acacia adds a sense of elegance coupled with rustic charm to the kitchen, making it a great addition when you want to add something unique and eye-catching to brighten up your kitchen. But, before we get into the ways you can add Acacia wood to your kitchen, let’s first explore what Acacia wood is and where it comes from.

What Is Acacia Wood?

Acacia wood and its notoriety for beauty goes back to biblical days – in fact, to the bible itself. It appears in the book of Isaiah and was used as the foundation for the Tabernacle. There are many species of trees and shrubs that share the name. They grow in both tropical and desert climates and are native to Australia, South Africa, South and Central America and the American Southwest.

Some Acacia trees produce a gum that has applications in medicine, and some produce a flower (remember those little yellow mimosa flowers?). In fact, the Acacia pycnantha flower, the golden wattle, is the national flower of Australia. The wood is extremely durable, water resistant and resists scratching. The trees grow quickly too, making harvesting them quite sustainable.

How Hard is Acacia Wood?

Acacia is actually harder than oak or maple, which means it will last longer, depending on thickness. Because of the harsh climates of origin, the wood is surprisingly well suited for water, making it very mold-resistant, as well as insect-resistant.

Acacia is also different than Teak, another highly durable and water-resistant wood, because it’s not as expensive. While Teak wood is beautiful, it’s also not a sustainable wood, and there have been sanctions placed on its trade and import. Acacia is a great wood when you want something that nails the middle of the Venn Diagram for durable, affordable and elegant.

So, it’s not surprising that many people have been turning to the material to upgrade their kitchens in recent years, from cabinets and flooring to knife blocks and cutting boards.

Is Acacia Wood Good for A Cutting Board?

Acacia is actually a smart choice for a cutting board. Many boards, whether they’re plastic, glass or stainless steel, are not only noisy but will also damage your knives.

You want a cutting board that has all of the important aspects to look for (durability, beauty and resilience), look no further than an Acacia wood chopping board. It’s versatile too – part of the beauty of this wood is it can be used as a serving platter after being used as a cutting board.

If you’re worried about hygiene – and you’ve heard all of the old wives’ tales about wood being less sanitary than plastic in the kitchen – research shows that wooden cutting boards are actually a much better choice vs. plastic as about 99.9% of bacteria placed on wooden boards die within three minutes after contamination. The soft surface of plastic cutting boards, on the other hand, is more prone to cuts and grooves from the sharp edges of a knife, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

With an Acacia wood board, you get all the benefits of high-quality wood like walnut or maple, but without the price. It’s about one third of the price of maple and much more affordable than walnut.

The contents of this article was taken from the original article 'What is Acacia Wood'