Madun, Madunburu o Madunguamu, Kuna Beverage
The plantains must be very ripe in order for the beverage to turn out just right.
The peeled and cut plantains are then boiled for about half an hour.
When cooked, the plantain pieces are mashed and our madun is then ready for being served.
Madun, madunburu and madunguamu are some of the names given to a traditional Kuna Indian beverage made of plantain. Sometimes cocoa is added and then the result is a ceremonial beverage with a great importance in Kuna culture.
The making of madun, which means plantain, is very straight forward. It begins with several ripe plantains. The peelings must be almost black, so that we know our plantains will be very soft inside and thus, will acquire the proper consistance upon being cooked.
After peeling the plantains, we need to cut them in small pieces and then boil them for about half an hour. Then, a traditional wooden tool is used to mash the soft plantains in order to creat a beverage with a texture similar to oatmeal or grits. Then, we will have the choice of drinking our madunburu hot or let it cool a little bit before enjoying this traditional Kuna beverage.