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  • Where to buy pandan leaves

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    On the occasion that I am lucky enough to get a thai massage, the place I go serves pandan leaf tea. It is delicious, but I am at a loss as to where to get it. I tried one Asian market on San Pablo, but they had no idea what I was talking about. Has anybody heard of this tea and/or knows where to get it around here? Oakland/Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito area. Thank you.


    I was curious about this tea leaf so I googled it. Its available on Amazon. Alternatively you can get a small plant to grow, that wasn't too expensive. 

    99 Ranch or the Viet markets in Eastlake/Oakland might have it in the frozen section, maybe Indian market. Pandan, pandanus, screwpine.

    It is called Ambemohor pat in Marathi; Ramba in Tamil, Biriyanikaitha in Malayalam, pandan wangi in Indonesian, hsun hmway (ဆွမ်းမွှေး) in Burmese, pandan in Tagalog, ใบเตย bai tooey in Thai, rampe in Sinhala, ស្លឹកតើយ sleuk toi in KhmerDaun Pandan in Nonya cooking,[3] Lá Dứa thơm/lá nếp in Vietnamese, 香草 ("Xiāng cǎo") in Chinese and बासमतिया पौधा [bɑːsmət̪ɪjɑː pɑʊd̪ʱɑː] "fragrant plant" in Magahi and Bhojpuri due to its fragrance.

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I'm looking for some fantastic jasmine tea that doesn't cost a fortune. I love the jasmine downy pearls, but they're $20 per 1/4 pound at Peet's, which is pretty steep. Does anyone know a terrific brand that's reasonably priced? Someone who knows tea once told me there's great tea to be had in El Cerrito; I'm also happy to go into the city for it. Thanks! Denise

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Does anyone know of a good loose leafed jasmine tea? Who makes it? Where can I get it?

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2. The new tea shop on Solano near San Pablo (next to the movie theater)

3. Peet's Yin Hao Jasmine is also pretty good. fellow tea lover

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Love that Jasmine Downy Pearls!

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Tea for Toddler?

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I drink green tea every morning, and my 2 year old son wants his own. I have given him little sips, but I'm concerned about the caffeine. I use a little honey in my tea, and I think the warm, sweet drink is very appealing (for both of us!) I would like a recommendation for a toddler herb tea that would be good for him. Does anyone know if there are benefits/detriments to various herb teas such as chamomile? I've tried putting other beverages in his little tea cup (but cold), but he still pesters me for mine unless his is tea-like. I also don't want to add another breakfast task like warming soy milk - I'd like it to be easy -- another cup of tea is easy, but another pot on the stove is too much hassle! -tea loving mama

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