A type of pandanus, grows profusely in Thailand. The shiny pleated leaves – long and slender like those of day lilies – are sold along with bunches of orchids for use in floral arrangements, but more importantly, they are the source of a well-loved flavoring that goes into a wide assortment of desserts and sweet treats. The juice extracted from the fresh leaves provides a natural green food coloring as well. Many of the prepackaged green sweetmeats you find in Southeast Asian markets are scented with bai dteuy essence, although most of them are tinted with artificial food coloring since the fresh leaves are not always available.
Great for Pain - Pandan leaves are wonderful for getting rid of pain of all kinds including arthritis, chest pains, earaches, and headaches. Drink a cup of pandan tea as needed for pain. Gum Pain - Chewing fresh or dried leaves pandan leaves is a great way to sooth away oral discomforts and gum pain