WEST COAST UPDATE 2-8-2024

PANDAN LEAVES

Pandan is a herbaceous tropical plant that grows abundantly in Southeast Asia. In Chinese, it is known as “fragrant plant” because of its unique, sweet aroma. The cultivated plant, which is similar to the palm, features upright bright green leaves that are long, slender, and spiky. The leaves are used for their flavor in many Thai and Southeast-Asian dishes. Pandan is also sold as a paste, extract, and powder, which are used to flavor desserts.  In Southeast Asia, pandan leaves are used to lend a unique taste and aroma to flavor desserts and drinks as well as savory dishes. Pandan leaves, which are sold fresh, frozen, and dried, can also be used to wrap savory foods, such as chicken or sticky rice. The leaves impart these foods with an aromatic note and also give the dishes visual appeal. The paste, extract, and powder tint the ingredients with a green hue while contributing flavor. Pandan is inexpensive, with a much lower price tag than vanilla bean. Pandan leaves have a naturally sweet taste and soft aroma. Its flavor is strong, described as grassy with hints of rose, almond, and vanilla, verging on coconut. Pandan shares an aroma compound with basmati rice, so, some cooks looking to save money, will flavor plain rice with pandan. Pandan leaves are grown in the USA, packed fresh in one pound bags, and are now in the market.

 

Whats Hot

PANDAN LEAVES
CHANGERELLE MUSHROOMS
BABY PINEAPPLES
GREEN GAGE PLUMS
PINK VARIEGATED LEMONS

Whats Not

PERSIMMONS
ROMANESCO
BABY GREEN PATTY PAN
ARUGULA
ROUND CARROTS