Saturday, January 22, 2011

pipas in bocas

Yep, I'm still here. Panama is a fascinating country- the weather and landscape are beautiful, the people are diverse and oftentimes rather pushy (which is unfortunate yet understandable), and the food has been mediocre at best. But, yesterday I went on a boat ride with a group of seven friends from around the world. We saw dolphins, we went snorkeling, and we beached it at a national park. It was fabulous, I'm still exhausted, and as such I've decided to share an important instructional post with you all.
Pipas are baby green coconuts; the same ones that produce the coconut water collected and bottled up in popular beverages like Zico and Vita Coco. They're plentiful in Costa Rica and Panama, among other countries, thereby making coconut water free here. How? Please allow my friends to demonstrate:
Although I certainly am not encouraging consistently taking from nature without a second thought, sometimes, after a long day at the beach, the water from one pipa makes all the difference. It's both hydrating and full of potassium, electrolytes, and other nutrients. That, and smashing them is kinda fun. 

Mmm, mmm, good. ¡Hasta luego!


  1. I'm not sure how Panama's food is mediocre. It's all natural not processed with nasty/toxic additives and other junk in it that make American food taste "good."

    But in another note, pipas are delicious! I miss them.

  2. Anonymous: Very true. But I said mediocre because it was lacking the flavor and freshness I found so easily in Costa Rica. Granted, I was only there for a few days though so I would certainly like to have a better taste one day. Glad you agree on the pipas!


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