Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 56, Issue 5, pp 735–740 | Cite as

Pandanus amaryllifolius Roxb. cultivated as a spice in coastal regions of India

  • Kantilal V. Wakte
  • Altafhusain B. Nadaf
  • Ratnakar J. Thengane
  • Narendra Jawali
Notes on neglected and underutilized crops


Pandanus amaryllifolius, an herb, is cultivated in home gardens in coastal regions of India. The leaves are added to ordinary rice while cooking to impart basmati rice aroma. The plant bears the same aroma principle 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline (2AP) that has been reported in Basmati and other scented rice. Quantitatively the 2AP contents are highest in this plant among the plant kingdom. Therefore, it has good scope for commercial cultivation.


2-acetyl-1-pyrroline Home gardens India Pandanus amaryllifolius Spice Underutilized crops 



The financial assistance from the Department of Atomic Energy, Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (Sanction no.: 2006/37/45/BRNS) Mumbai, India for carrying out survey is acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kantilal V. Wakte
    • 1
  • Altafhusain B. Nadaf
    • 1
  • Ratnakar J. Thengane
    • 1
  • Narendra Jawali
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of PunePuneIndia
  2. 2.Molecular Biology DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreMumbaiIndia

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