Panela (Valle del Cauca, Colombia) [ 30 images ]
Panela, a solid block of raw, unrefined sugar, is made by cooking and evaporation of the sugar cane juice into a golden, sticky syrup which is then poured into the wooden molds and allowed to solidify. Having the taste like a cross between molasses and brown sugar, panela is served as a hot or cold infusion (aguapanela). Due to the large amounts of proteins, vitamins and minerals, panela is believed to have healing powers. Cheaper than sugar, it is consumed by the majority of Colombians and...