Hawaiian Sandalwood – Leaves and Flowers

Sandalwood oil is also often used as a flavoring and is listed as a safe natural flavoring ingredient by the Flavor Extract Manufacturer’s Association as well as several other government agencies (ViroXis, http://www.viroxis.com/science.html, 2012). There are several brands of sandalwood syrup throughout India and Asia, and these are often used as a sugary flavoring in drinks or ingested on their own. Sandalwood syrup is thought to be a healthy tonic for the heart and liver (Qarshi, http://www.qarshi.com/Product/Sharbat-Sandal.aspx).

The sandalwood tree also produces an edible nut, which has a unique flavor similar to an almond or a hazelnut when roasted (Clun, http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-food/food-news/secrets-of-sandalwood–furniture-and-good-eating-too-20140115-30unk.html, 2014).  An excellent Australian recipe can be found in National Geographic for the sandalwood nut, along with yogurt, honey and mango: http://natgeotv.com.au/tv/aussie-recipes-that-rock/aussie-recipes-that-rock-mango-sandalwood-nuts-labne-with-burnt-honey-granita.aspx.

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