Hala Fruit

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The Pandanus fruii is not only “eaten exclusively by Pacific Islanders”. It is also very typically used by the inhabitants of the Maldive Islands. The Pandanus (bambukæyo in Maldivian Divehi) pods are grated, then the juice is pressed out and mixed with sugar from the coconut palm (Divehi ru hakuru - tapped from the palm inflorecence and boiled into sugar). An excellent sweet, packed in small rolls of dry Pandanus leaves.