Pandan Leaf (Screwpine)

Screwpine or pandan leaf is well known in preparations of traditional cakes among Malaysians, also as flavouring and fragrance. It is also used in preparing traditional bath or ointment. Almost all houses in Malaysian villages have pandan planted in their compound. This plant can grow easily in damp and wet area. Some people use as fragrance in their car or finely chop the leaves to be used in customary rituals in Malay weddings.

The info from wikipedia describes Pandan Leaf as follows:

Pandanus amaryllifolius

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pandanus amaryllifolius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Pandanales
Family: Pandanaceae
Genus: Pandanus
Species: P. amaryllifolius
Binomial name
Pandanus amaryllifolius
Roxb.
Pandanus amaryllifolius is a tropical plant in the screwpine genus which is known commonly as pandan and is used widely in Southeast Asian cooking as a flavoring. The plant is rare in the wild but is widely cultivated. It is an upright green plant with fan-shaped sprays of long, narrow, bladelike leaves and woody aerial roots. The plant is sterile, flowers only very rarely, and is propagated by cuttings.
Culinary use
In Bangladesh it is called Ketaki, along with the other variety of pandan there (Pandanus fascicularis), and is used to enhance the flavor of pulaobiryani and sweet coconut rice pudding, payesh. It is called pandan wangi in Indonesian, soon-mhway in Burmese, bai tooey in Thai, rampe in Sinhala, and lá dứa in Vietnamese.
The leaves are used either fresh or wilted, and are commercially available in frozen form in Asian grocery stores in nations where the plant does not grow. They have a nutty, botanical fragrance which enhances the flavor of IndonesianSingaporeanFilipinoMalaysianThaiBangladeshiVietnameseChineseSri Lankan, and Burmesefoods, especially rice dishes and cakes.
 

Biriyanikaitha in Kerala, India

 
The leaves are sometimes steeped in coconut milk, which is then added to the dish. They may be tied in a bunch and cooked with the food. They may also be woven into a basket which is used as a pot for cooking rice. Pandan chicken, or gai ob bai toey, is a Thai dish with chicken wrapped in pandan leaves and fried. The leaves are also used as a flavoring for desserts such as pandan cake and sweet beverages. Other than that, Filipinos use pandan as a flavoring in buko pandan salad.[1]
The characteristic aroma of pandan is caused by the aroma compound 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline which also gives white breadjasmine rice and basmati rice (as well as Bread Flowers Vallaris glabra) their typical smell.[2] Bottled pandan extract is also available in shops, but often contains artificial green food coloring. The leaves also have a repellent effect on cockroaches.

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The sweet smell of pandan awakens your appetite. Many sweet delicacies are prepared using the leaf like traditional cakes, jelly, sweet gravy, or sticky rice. Some just soak pandan in the gravy, some will grind it and extract the green colour and also the smell.

Pandan in Traditional Delicacies

For traditional rituals, pandan leaves are mainly used in herbal bath, as fragrance or bunga rampai (Malay potpourri) to be given to guests and to celebrate the wedding.

Pandan - herbal bath, wedding preparation, fragrance

For beauty therapy pandan can be used as follows :

Refreshing/Energy Drink

Boil 2 inch of pounded ginger, a few pandan leaves, 1 cinnamon, palm sugar  — steep n drink it cold or warm. The benefit of this drinks are to promote your metabolic rate, reduce stress, kill any parasite/worm in your body, calming, help digestion, aiding blood circulation, reduce skin problem ( as it cleanse your intestine), mild astringent, improve vitality and also it add spice to yr sensuality! (aphrodisiac)

For Your Hair

Remove dandruff  with pandan leaves. Pound the leaves, mix it with a bit of water and put on yr scalp for 30 mins. Rinse. do not use shampoo but condition yr hair organic hair conditioner.

Credit to : kiranamaya

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