Food Trends

Pandan

October 19, 2018   /

Pandan

Pandan leaves are bright green leaves that are long and slender and famous in Southeast Asia for their fragrant, floral, sweet aroma, and flavor. You may find them used, similar to a banana leaf, for steaming and imparting flavor to dishes. They are more delicate and porous than a banana leaf and break down more similarly to a leafy green. Pandan can also be pounded into a paste or extracted as an oil and used in place of vanilla extract in desserts and sweet treats. Try it! The flavor is memorable and the leaves are full of phytochemicals and essential oils. The health benefits touted for pandan leaves range from pain reliever to skin enhancer. You are going to see it in trendy Asian fare from food trucks to fine dining, and in everything from rice rolls to custards.