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 —