Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pandanus Avenue

Pandanus grows very well here and it is easily recognized by its distinctive aerial roots. This avenue of pandanus is at Raiven.

Pandanus is a member of the screw pine family and its leaves are a popular flavouring in tropical Asia, from South India to New Guinea. They are used for rather different purposes, but mostly in connection with rice, since rice can profit most from the hay-like odour of pandanus leaves. However the scent of pandanus leaves develops only on withering; the fresh, intact plants hardly have any odour.

Plain rice cooked in coconut milk and flavoured with pandanus leaves is a delicacy even when eaten alone; with only a few more ingredients, Most delicious, is rice steamed in small baskets made from pandanus leaves. For more information check out this web site.


22 comments:

earthboy_rod said...

sounds like I should have asked you for photo's then. Here you go.

http://www.rabaulhotel.com.pg/

currently i'm up to the painful task of fixing it for all browsers then i'll get more photo's on to the site and lastly get a php contact form sorted for them.

I'm heading over to Rabaul in July after doing the Kokoda Trail so I'm hoping to get some photo's while I'm there, and diving in if my feet arn't in need of a big rest. your site has given me some locations I'll definitely want to see and being into ww2 history it's been interesting seeing alot of your locations etc.

Jules said...

Hi - thanks for the link.

It is a co-incidence but I am posting Kokoda photos this week - hope you enjoy them. Hopefully the track will be open again by then. If you are staying at Rabaul Hotel we will probably catch up.

CaBaCuRl said...

I had no idea pandanus were used in cooking, Jules. We have pandanus growing along the coast here, but sadly, some kind of insect is killing them.

Jilly said...

What a beautiful avenue of pandanus. Great shot, Jules. And fascinating commentary. I learn so much from you.

M.Benaut said...

One minute, your posts make me hungry, the next, I wish I were there.
Both, is the final conclusion.
Guess what I will be cooking tomorrow night !

oldmanlincoln said...

Though I never ate it the way you described it made my mouth water. I also love creamed rice which has been sweetened.

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Old Wom Tigley said...

Never heard of this plant before but I agree with Abe.. it sounds nice..

Marcel said...

Very interesting and cool photo too.

imac said...

Great shots Jules, great roots them wow.

dive said...

Wow! Those are fantastic, Jules!

Screw pine … Hee hee hee.

Squirrel said...

These trees are beautiful and very interesting--I never knew they existed.

I have been trying to sleep off a virus/ are you all better now?

Rich said...

Interesting stuff. Is it related to the Banyan?
Planet Earth Daily Photo
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Jules said...

Hi All

Rich - a Banyan is a fig tree with massive aerial roots but no relation to the pandanus.

Dive - good one!!!

squirrel - hope you get back to normal soon. i am quite well now - would be better if my server was working properly!!

Donna said...

Pretty pictures..as usual! Hope you are feeling wonderful again sweetie! Stay well!!

quintarantino said...

That is an amazing plant.

Yesterday saw on a documentary ("Travel Channel") some of the places you have been showing here on photos.
Those barges, the military hospital, the volcano ...
And the Laclan (guess this is the right way to write it) Islands.
It's a beautiful place to wander around and take photos.

Daniel J Santos said...

lots of nature, lots of green with interesting information, great post.

Annie said...

Ah, for rice lovers everywhere else, this would be a great kitchen creation, could they get the pandanus leaves, of course. I wonder if any spice shops stateside carries it. I've never heard of it before today.

Anonymous said...

what does a lovely pandanus grove smell like/

Jules said...

anon - a lovely pandandus grove doesn't smell. The leaves only have odour on withering.

Wow Quinto - how exciting. Never heard of the Lachlan islands though - were they around here or somewhere else in PNG??

Hi Donna - thanks for visiting - tried to visit you last night but couldn't get into your comments page as all the photos wouldn't download and it just wouldn't connect in.

Jules said...

Annie - I'm not sure if you can buy it but i haven't seen it around anywhere - not that I have looked I guess, as i can get it fresh!!!!

Will investigate

alicesg said...

Oh yes, I love the smell of the pandan leaves and they are used in most of our cooking too.

Another use of the pandan leaves is that they can be put in the car boot to get rid of roaches.