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COLOMBIA : List of drinks
Açaí (berry)

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COLOMBIA energy-drink full of antioxydants. Açaí palm is an amazonian plant cultivated in Brazil. Global demand for the fruit has expanded rapidly in recent years, and açaí is now cultivated for that purpose primarily. In May 2009, Bloomberg reported that the expanding popularity of açaí in the United States was "depriving Brazilian jungle dwellers of a protein-rich nutrient they’ve relied on for generations."Although most açaí is grown conventionally, the US company Sambazon established USDA Organic certification for their açaí palm plantations in 2003 and has also implemented fair trade certification. (wikipedia)
Fruits (juice)
COLOMBIA Thanks to the overpowering heat, juices are drunk all day long, and also with meals. Colombians prepare them either with a blender (and the mixture is then passed to the strainer like mango juice), or by boiling fruits in water and collecting then the water of this infusion (like Corozo juice).

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COLOMBIA Highly calorific and surprisingly refreshing drink. To prepare this drink you just have to dissolve panela sticks in water. The beverage can be made hot with milk, or cold with water, lemon or lime.
Panela, available in exotic food groceries, is mass-produced : the cane sugar juice is cooked at high temperature to form a rather dense molasses which is then poured into pans where it hardens to form the panela. Unlike white sugar (which is essentially saccharose), brown sugar (like panela) is considered as health food, containing high levels of glucose, fructose, proteins, minerals (calcium, iron, copper, phosphorus), vitamin C and B complex. Popular medecine prescribe this drink to cur... Read next
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