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Pandan Possibilities

Tiffany Cornell . Monday, July 23, 2018 . Comments
Pandan Possibilities

Do you use Pandan in your cooking? Well, why not grow it fresh in your garden too? That way whenever you need it, you can pick it fresh from your garden and use it fresh in your cooking.

Pandan, Pandanus amaryllifolius, is a tropical plant native to Malaysia. It is related to the big pandanus trees commonly seen at Australian beaches throughout the warmer parts of the country. The leaves are long, ribbed and lance-shaped and as a garden specimen it has a unique appearance, somewhat like a spiky yucca plant of only about one metre tall. These delicious plants thrive in Tropical conditions!

From curries to cakes, Pandan adds that flavour and sometimes colour to asian cooking. It pairs well with coconut milk, glutinous rice, lemongrass, palm sugar and turmeric.

Pandan leaves have a naturally sweet taste and soft aroma. After tasting it once, you will never forget the flavour. Pandan leaves can also be used to wrap savoury foods, such as chicken or sticky rice. The leaves impart these foods with an aromatic note.

If you are interested in trying these delectable plants, come into Allora Gardens Nursery and talk to one of our friendly staff. 

Happy Gardening!

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