Monday, April 1, 2013
A is for almíbar. What is it? The picture doesn't do it justice. It's basically fruit boiled with brown sugar (dulce) and water until it makes a honey-type consistency. Tradition here during Semana Santa (Holy Week) which just ended yesterday is to make this for your family and hang out on the beach. My former neighbor sent some to me on Saturday and is was heavenly! The type she made me above is papaya, jocote, and mango pieces. They literally melt in your mouth. Since they're super sweet, alternatively you can pair it with a Nicaraguan cheese called cuajada (salty ,moist and crumbly). Calláte vos!
The magazine Nicaragua Actual has a great photo online of different almíbar varieties.