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Bienmesabe: A Panamanian Delicious Dessert


[The bienmesabe is covered in banana leaves.]

The bienmesabe is covered in banana leaves.


[Below the banana leaf, the sweet is held together by a ring made of a pineapple leaf.]

Below the banana leaf, the sweet is held together by a ring made of a pineapple leaf.


[Here you can see the bienmesabe ready to be enjoyed.]

Here you can see the bienmesabe ready to be enjoyed.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2013-07-06

The first thing you need to know about a bienmesabe is that its name is a composite of the Spanish words bien me sabe. Together, they mean: it tastes good to me. That is a very descriptive name for this dessert.

There are three ingredients on the bienmesabe: milk, flour and raspadura, which is cristalized sugarcane honey. They are mixed together and cooked for about four hours. During the whole time, the bienmesabe needs to be steered, so that it doesn't stick.

After it is ready, the bienmesabe is poured into circular molds made of pineapple leaves and then covered with banana leaves. Whenever you are ready to eat it, you just need to open the banana leaves and you will be ready to enjoy a delicious and traditional bienmesabe from Chiriqui province.


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