PANDANUS - EDIBLE
Widely cultivated for use in Asian cooking and basket making. It has a nutty fragrance and is most commonly used in rice dishes or tied in a bundle and cooked with food. Also useful in flower arrangements. A low growing plant to 1m with long narrow blade like leaves and woody aerial roots. In tropical climates it can be grown as a marginal plant in dams and ponds, used as a bedding plant in tropical landscaping. Allow the plant to dry out over the winter months.
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
Suitability in Pots
Yes with 35L+ Pot
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
Perfect Drainage (Sand/Volcanic)
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Customer Comments on Pandanus - Edible
Bundle dry leaves for effective eco-friendly air freshener and roach repellent, a use popularised by SE Asian cabbies. Amused to see it done recently in a Sydney public loo. Hope my plant will one day be big enough to spare precious leaves for that! | D. Lim - Seven Hills, NSW 07-May-2012
If you like eating steamed rice, you can just cut 1 or 2 leaves of pandanus, wash and fold them, stuck them in when your rice is boiling. You can take it off when your rice is done leaving a very nice aroma on the rice. | Emmalyn Kendall - Abbey, WA 18-Dec-2013
TIP: If you love eating steamed rice, you can put a leaf or two in the cooker while the rice is boiling. You can take it off afterwards but it'll leave a very nice aroma on the rice. | Emmalyn Kendall - Abbey, WA 18-Dec-2013
Pandanus - Edible
Fresh leaves can be stored in a zip lock bag in the freezer for later use. Use or freeze them as soon as possible, much of the aroma fades within a few days of being picked. | Kath C - Girrawheen, WA 31-Jul-2016
Pandanus - Edible
Can easily grow in mid coast NSW, but needs more care over winter. Need to bring it into the house. | J - Newcastle, NSW 24-Aug-2016
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Update: 573 days 9hrs
I love the look of pandanus, I'll be interested to see how it goes in my heavy soil and if it gets through our sub tropical winter.
Growing: In the Ground
Sun/Shade: Medium Sun
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