Kewda Essential Oil
Furthermore, monoterpenes have been found to contribute to the fragrance. The mostimportant terpene in pandanus flowers is terpinene-4-ol (up to 15%); furthermore, ÃÂ±-terpineol, ÃÂ³-terpinene and dipentene have been reported.
The ripe fruits of P. tectorius owe their scent to an essential oil dominated by esters: Besides geranyl acetate, a couple of hemiterpenoid esters were found: isopentenyl (3-methylbut-3-enyl) and, to a lesser degree, dimethyl allyl (3-methylbut-2-enyl) acetates and cinnamates.
Origin: Various species of the genus grow in tropical regions of Southeast and South Asia; some of those have fragrant leaves. The species most important as a source of kewra water is P. odoratissimus, which is native to South and peninsular South East Asia; it is much cultivated on the Indian East coast (Orissa).