Pandan: The green superfood makes matcha fade

Pandan, a green superfood, is used in pastries, rice and other (sweet) dishes. All the facts about the plant extract.

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Healthy and tastyThe green superfood pandan makes matcha fade

In cakes, tea or as a leaf for meat: pandan plant extract is trendy – it colors food poisonous green and is said to have beneficial effects on health.

Food and drinks in bright colors are simply more fun. while purple Yamswurzel is rather unknown, a lot of people now love green things Matcha powder in drink or cake. However, with pandan, matcha now faces green competition.

The plant species Pandanus amaryllifolius comes from East Asia. Its bright green extract is known as Daun Pandan in Malaysia, Takonoki in Japan and Bai Thoey Hom in Thailand. The pandan plant is mainly used for flavoring in cooking and baking.

This means that the coloring leaves are mostly not eaten, but added to dishes – similar to bay leaves. The classic is rice that is briefly flavored with pandan: This gives it a soft, nutty and sweet note.

Meat or fish cooked in pandan leaves is also common. Pandan liquid can also be used as a substitute for coconut milk.

How does pandan taste?

Anyone who tries pandan should prepare for an intense taste. It is sweet, with a vanilla-like aroma – hence the extract is also known as East Asian vanilla. Pandan goes well with coconut, which is why both are often combined in (sweet) dishes.

Because it tastes so sweet, pandan is a popular ingredient in desserts. Pandan paste is mainly used to make waffles, pancakes, cakes or cookies. It is also easy to mix into porridge or smoothies and is especially intensely colored.

Eat with your eyes – It’s quite possible for some foods to become trendy because they’re made into dishes that do well on Tiktok and Insta. A recently published article shows how beautiful green pandan dishes can look “Vogue” – shooting.

The pandan trend matches the food trend Local exotics, where many Asian dishes are hyped. And so Pandan is currently finding a place among hip New Yorkers micro bakeries or modern online stores for gourmets. “When we launched Pandan on our website, three or four cases sold out in a week – which is a lot. That’s about 200 individual orders,” Joe Boo, co-founder of the American e-commerce delivery platform Asian-Veggies.com, tells Vogue.

Buy Pandan in Switzerland

In Asian supermarkets, you can find pandan as a plant, as an organic powder, in the form of dried leaves, as a paste or as green rice flakes. Pandan leaf extract is also available in cans.

Pandan paste, 25 ml, by Koepoe Koepoe, Fr.  1.95 at Asia-markt.ch.

Pandan Paste, 25ml, from Koepoe Koepoe, Fr.1.95 upwards Asia-markt.ch.

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Green rice flakes with pandan extract in a package of 1,200 g, from Asiafoodland, Fr.  approx. 4.- on Amazon.de.

Green rice flakes with pandan extract 1200g pack, from Asiafoodland, around CHF 4.00 Amazon.de.

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That’s why pandan is considered a superfood

Aside from the great color, another reason for the hype is that the pandan plant extract is said to have health benefits.

Pandan is considered anti-inflammatory and stimulating and is said to be rich in antioxidant flavonoids that protect our cells. Tea made from boiled pandan leaves is said to help with low blood pressure and headaches.

Among other spices, pandan is considered a popular seasoning.

Among other spices, pandan is considered a popular seasoning.

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The pandan plant can grow to a height of 80 to 100 centimeters.  Especially tall varieties grow up to 150 centimeters.

The pandan plant can grow to a height of 80 to 100 centimeters. Especially tall varieties grow up to 150 centimeters.

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Pandan Egg Tart (front) is one of the sweet pandan classics.

Pandan Egg Tart (front) is one of the sweet pandan classics.

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However, all this is not yet sufficiently proven. The fact is: coloring desserts with natural pandan is healthier than artificial food coloring.

Make your own pandan juice

You can easily make green pandan juice yourself. Blend the leaves with water in a blender until no large pieces remain. Squeeze the green liquid through a clean cloth – done.

Are you sticking with Matcha or curious? What do you think of the colorful pandan trend?

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