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Romblon / pandan leaves as food flavoring

Most of Native Leaf’s market totes, wine bags and gift bags are made from romblon, a type of salt-tolerant screw pine that grows by the seashore (and also known as pandanus or pandan).

Here is a picture of two friends collecting romblon / pandan leaves.  They were in the process of stacking their leaves for transport when we stopped by.

Pandan is also a popular food flavoring and food coloring ingredient in Philippine cooking.

The fragrant leaves pairs well with the flavor of coconut, and a popular Philippine dessert is buko pandan, made with strips of young coconut meat with pandan flavored gelatin.

San Francisco-based food and cookbook photographer Jun Belen’s blog features a recipe for a coconut pandan cake made with pandan juice.

Click here to visit Jun’s Saveur-nominated blog, and to view the cake recipe and his beautiful, mouth-watering Philippine food photographs.

— mj —


Photo by Jun Belen,

1 Comment »

  1. Comment by michael — July 29, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    thanks for share!

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