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fruit-2.gif (30305 bytes)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:

naranja.gif (28285 bytes)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 country´s interior.

WATERMELON: Also available during the dry season, you can find it in cold slices, especially around Avenida Central and Via España.

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PINEAPPLE: Panama´s biggest and most delicious pineapples have grown on the island of Taboga since colonial times. Ask for them at any major supermarket.



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.gif (8076 bytes)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.

guineo.gif (18422 bytes)BANANA: It is one of the fruit of more exportation. We can find the biggest plantations in Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro.


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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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