I love tropical fruits. Some fruits as the Guanabana has a bitter-sweet flavor and other fruits are so sweet such as a good Mango or mangosteen.
Some of my favorite fruits that you should try in Panama are:
Guanábana: Is a large fruit whci can be up to 42cm long and weight up to 4kg. Th shape is ovoid and curde at the lower end with thin, shiny, dark green skin that is covered with thorns. The inside flesh is delicious, white, juice and bitter-sweet. One of my favorite tropical juices is the Guanabana and you can eat if fresh fruit, juice or as a sorbet.
Mango: definitely one of my favoritefruites. Is aromatic, sweet and tasty. There are so many different varieties of mangos and in Panama you have many different options. The most common way to eat it is as a whole fresh fruit. The pulp however is used for chutney, jellies, and juices.
Mangosteen: this is also a delicious tropical fruit. Is round, fleshy with a diameter between 6 and 7cm and smoth skin. The flesh is white and sweet and very juicy. It is a very delicate flavor and is eaten fresh. This fruit has a lot of vitamin C, B1 and B2 and is exellent source of potassium and calcium.
Tamarindo: this small, round fruit mainly brown in color can be made into jellies, sauces and juices. This fruietaids digestion and helps gastritis and gastroenterities. My grandmother used to made tamarind balls with sugar as a candy when we were kids. Amazingly delicious.
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There are many reasons to visit Panama. You have probably already thought of the Panama Canal, which is one of the world’s most famous feats of modern engineering. Maybe you have considered the exotic jungles or the weather, which is warm year round. But there is much more to discover in Panama.
1. The Wildlife
There is an incredible number of animals living in Panama. Roughly 230 types of mammals sound impressive? and more than 1000 bird species for comparison! And then we still have not counted the reptiles, amphibians and insects…
And many of those animals are really not that hard to find. There are butterflies as large as my entire hand. I can see Iguana from my office window. I watch pelicans catch fish in the bay on my way home from work. There are sloth, monkeys, toucans and who knows what else living within the boundaries of Panama City. So imagine what you might encounter in more remote spots…tiny brightly colored frogs, ocelots, anteaters, multicolored birds, you name it! The biodiversity here is amazing, and, nicely enough, dangerous or venomous animals are extremely rare.
2. The Climate
Panama is tropical and warm all year round. You are in an endless summer here. You won’t need to pack too much and you’ll be able to enjoy the tropical climate throughout your vacation.
3. The cultural diversity
The Panamanian cultural diversity consists of seven indigenous groups which includes the Caribbean and Latin American sub-cultures with influences of the Spanish conquistadores.Today, the country’s population is made up of Chinese, Jewish and Arab neighbors living door to door with retired US citizens, European business people and travelers from around the world. Everyone adds to Panama’s melting pot, making the country a bit more colorful.
4. The different places to be
Well, you probably know that Panama has rainforests. Jungle excursions are a definite option here. Or, for a slight change of scenery, try the cloud forest in the highlands, where the mossy trees are covered in fog and where wild orchids flourish. But that is not all the country has to offer. There are mountains, cloudforest where world-famous coffee is grown, mangrove swamps, even a desert (imagine that, in a tropical country!). And then, of course, we have the coast, 2500 kilometers of it to be precise. Numerous beaches and islands in the Caribbean Sea and on the Pacific coast are waiting to be explored. Think crystal-clear water, white sand and the occasional coconut tree – we have it. Coral reefs? Have those too. And it’s all within easy reach. A few hours driving or a short flight is all it takes to change between these different places. There is even a national park inside Panama City! Sometimes it feels like there is a lifetime of exploration waiting for me in this country.
5. Is Affordable
Panama currency is the US Dollar (officially know as the Balboa). It is an incredible affordable place to visit.
6. Is Safe
Panama is one of the safest countries in Latin America. Crime is very low and there is even a tourist police.
7. The things to do
I do not even know where to start on this one. Adventure? There is river rafting, rock climbing and wilderness expeditions in the jungles of Darien, to name just a few…of course, there is kayaking as well, mountain biking, horseback riding, any kind of outdoor sports really. Or maybe you like golf? Tennis? Sailing? I personally love the great surfing and diving spots that can be found in both oceans, and the wonderful beaches. And when I had enough activity, there are so many hidden island retreats and luxurious spa options that help me disconnect from the world for a bit…
8. Panama City and Casco Viejo
Panama City deserves a visit. Shopping malls, little art galleries and amazing restaurants wait there. Every weekend brings a new event, a festival, a concert or an exhibition. The beautiful Casco Viejo, the colonial style old quarter, which is actually UNESCO World Heritage, is always worth a visit. I love the combination of old and new Panama City offers, traditional crafts and modern art, old buildings set against the backdrop of the modern skyline…I think it would take me a lifetime to discover all Panama City has to offer.
Panama City, the skyline
9. An International hub
Panama is an airline hub that connects Central America with the rest of the world. Almost every major airline flights to Panama today: United, Copa, American Airlines, Delta, British Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Iberia, Turkish Airlines, Avianca, Aeromexico among others.
10. Amazing Gastronomy
Panama’s local cuisine infused with fresh local produce, seafood and other unique ingredients are competing against other great well known culinary destinations in Latin America. Panama offers a wide choice of restaurants to suit everyone’s taste and budget. From great cuisine and international chefs to real Panamanian food experience. I love to eat out and here are my suggestions to make your gastronomic experience in Panama City unforgettable.
There are a million more things that I could talk about, but I do not have the space here…best discover it for yourself. The one thing I can promise, whatever you like to do, Panama is definitely worth a visit.
If you like Seafood, Panama offers a wide variety of options – with catch from the Atlantic or the Pacific, you will be delighted by the flavors and colors of the gastronomy of Panama.
This Central American Isthmus is a melting pot of Afro-Caribbean, Latin American and European cultures, and the gastronomy of Panama’s reflects the beautiful and diverse heritage: from simple and delicious ceviche from the Seafood Market to exquisite recipes with Organic ingredients. Restaurants in Panama will please the most difficult and will tempt any palate. The Panamanian cuisine includes seafood with coconut rice, yellow curry, local herbs, accompanied by local fruits and vegetables such as name and yucca (root vegetables), corn, coconuts and plantains, organic meat and chicken and much more. Come and explore the gastronomy of this amazing country and experience a wide selection of dishes in Panama! For some restaurant options, click here.
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