What is Pandan
- Also known as “bariu” in Visayas
- It has more than 40 known species.
- It is a salt tolerant type of screw pine found in many islands in the Western Pacific
- The artisans/farmers strip the leaves, which can be as tall as a person, air-dried and later woven into bags and other items. The process is tedious because they have to remove each spikes
- High quality, strong and resistant to changing weather conditions
- It is a seasoning in Southeast Asian cooking; it gives a subtle vanilla-like aroma to rice dishes and other desserts.
- FUN FACT: Pandan is the “new avocado” and “new matcha.” Brace yourself for a similar explosion.