Botanical Name: Pandanus
Pandan (Pandanus) is an aromatic plant prized for its sweet floral fragrance and versatility.
Pandan is used widely in South and Southeast Asian cuisines, though Western interest in the plant is growing due to its purported health benefits and culinary properties.
Pandan is a rich source of beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A. A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) portion may pack 43–80% of the DV, though the exact amount varies widely. Varieties that bear deeper yellow or orange fruit are the richest sources.
Vitamin A is important to eye health, as well as your immune system.
Pandan is also high in iron, which is unusual for a fruit product. Iron helps ward off conditions like iron-deficiency anemia and aids proper blood and oxygen circulation.
Raw pandan fruit is lower in calories. Plus, it’s a good source of fiber, which is important for maintaining optimal gut health.