Taking a tour of the Panama Canal, Walking, walking narrow streets of Casco
Viejo or jogging on Avenida Balboa are all great ways to discover Panama´s uniqueness.
But, these activities can easily make anyone thirsty, especially under the broiling sun of
the dry seasons. Nevertheless, Panama´s tropical weather also provides a perfect,
delicious, and very available antidote to cool down on a hot day: fruits.
Tropical fruits abound in Panama Throughout the year, many of them peaking during the
dry season. They are a source of vitamins and a means of quenching thirst. Here is a
sample of the most refreshing fruits of the season:
ORANGES : Grown in massive quantities in
the highlands, oranges are in full season between the months of January and March
(Boquete´s navel oranges are the most famous). Many street vendors sell oranges in the
form of "Chichas" a beverage made with juice, water and sugar, while others
offer packages of ice-cold oranges. If you wish, you can purchase large quantities al the
Mercado the Abastos in Ancon, at all supermarkets and at every major town of the
WATERMELON: Also available during the dry season,
you can find it in cold slices, especially around Avenida Central and Via España.
PINEAPPLE: Panama´s biggest and most delicious
pineapples have grown on the island of Taboga since colonial times. Ask for them at any
COCONUT: What you will
find on the streets is actually a green coconut or "pipa" and not the brown,
hairy fruit most tourist are familiar with. Pipas are sold at small and mostly Chinese
owned stores Known by Panamanians as tiendas. Vendors will offer you the fruit with a
straw, with which you can enjoy is refreshing water. You can also find street vendors
selling agua the pipa. It is said to be good for the Kidneys. In the West Indies they say,
"coconut water, good for you daughter."
You may interpret this as you wish.
CASHEW: Known as "marañón" in Spanish,
cashew grows between March and May. Its pulp makes excellent juices, but it should be
eaten carefully as it can cause a severe stain on clothing. Do not try to eat its nut raw,
since it is poisonous. However, when roasted, the nut becomes a delicious snack. We
recommend visitors to pick up some while driving on the PanAmerican Highway close to the
Pacific beaches, especially between the towns of Capira and Antón.
MANGO: One of the best Known tropical fruits, mangos, grow in
Panama between March and November. There are any number of varieties. It is good in the
form of juices, jellies and salads. We advise visitors to eat it with caution, since sap
is known to cause rashes.
SOURSOP: The white meat of this large, green fruit
is squeezed to obtain a refreshing beverage. Many well-Known fast food restaurant offer
soursop milk shakes. Be sure the fruit is not black when you buy it.
BANANA: It is one of the fruit
of more exportation. We can find the biggest plantations in Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro.
PAPAYA : It is one of the more popular fruit
, is the meat orange and being popular as a breakfast and in salads. If you wish, you can
purchase large quantities al the Mercado the Abastos in Ancon, at all supermarkets and at
every major town of the country´s interior.
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