Pandan Leaves



Pandan (Pandanus) is an aromatic plant prized for its sweet floral fragrance and versatility. Its spiky leaves grow in fan-shaped bunches and thrive in tropical climates, where certain varieties bear fruits that look somewhat like red-orange pinecones flourish. Pandan is used widely in South and Southeast Asian cuisines, though Western interest in the plant is growing due to its purported health benefits and culinary properties. Pandan leaf powder and leaves are used to flavour both savoury and sweet dishes, showing off a rich green colour, and while its taste is described as grassy vanilla with a hint of coconut, it is sometimes referred to as the "Vanilla of the East".