El único Panamá - Week 44

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Panama is a thirsty country! According to The Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) Panama is the country where the highest proportion of beer consumption was reported with respect to total alcohol consumed, with 77%. Costa Rica was second with 64% and Guatemala with 56%. Panama was second in wine imports in Central America with $24 million, in 2017. Costa Rica was first with 27 million. Last year, 31% of the import value from Central America came from Chile, 21% from Spain, 11% from the US, 9% from France, 9% from Italy and 8% from Argentina. In the first quarter of 2018

El único Panamá - Week 43

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! The largest organic nursery in Central America is located in El Olivo in the village of El Caño de Natá, province of Coclé. The project aims to promote an agricultural model based on innovation and technology. It has a labor force of more than 200 people from the region and more than 10 companies from the US and Israel have equipped the facility with state-of-the-art technology. They have exchanged their knowledge and experiences with Panamanian producers and with ministry technicians. The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) states that this project, which has seven hectares arranged for controlled agriculture, has required

El único Panamá - Week 42

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Egg-specially Interesting ~ Have you ever wondered why the eggs in Panama are not kept in the refrigerator and if they are safe to eat? If you shop in other foreign countries you might encounter the same, eggs in the open air and on a shelf next to the fruits and vegetables. The reason may surprise you. It is linked to the way eggs are farmed and processed. In the United States and a few other countries it is required eggs are washed and sprayed with a chemical sanitizer before they are sold to the public. Washing removes the first line of defense that is naturally on the eggs making them more porous.

El único Panamá - Week 41

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Photo: www.disunecouleur.com DO NOT FLUSH TOILET PAPER - HUH? For many of you this may seem very odd but once in Panama you get it. In various parts of Central and South America, toilet paper is thrown in the trash can or waste bin instead of being flushed in the toilet. It’s not Panama’s practice to dispose of toilet paper by flushing and the old plumbing is not built to handle it. Many places will remind you on the stall door. Although it may seem unsanitary to dispose your paper in a wastebasket if you've never experienced it before, but it's far better than clogging the toilet and flooding all over the place! As the country

El único Panamá - Week 40

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Molas are unique handcrafted pieces of artwork that form part of the traditional women's clothing of the Guna people of Panama. In the Guna's native language, "mola" means "shirt" or "clothing". The mola originated with the tradition of Guna women painting their bodies with geometric designs. In later years these same designs were woven in cotton. The quality of a mola is determined by factors such as; - the number of layers - fineness of the stitching - evenness and width of cutouts - addition of details such as zigzag borders, lattice-work or embroidery - general artistic merit of the design and color combination Molas purchased

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