Thursday, February 9, 2012



Pana (Puerto Rico) = panpan (Nigerian pidgen English) = breadfruit (English) 

Off the patio of our room here in Puerto Rico there is a Pana tree. While I have eaten it here and in Africa, I didn’t know how to prepare it. It tastes somewhat like a potato. Larry’s student, Elijio, helped me prepare it. Here are the steps:

  1. Cut pana in 8 wedges
  2. Peel and core  
  3. Drop it immediately into water (or it will turn brown quickly)
  4. Add salt
  5. Boil until it is tender to a fork
  6. Drain excess water
  7. Pour the prepared Recao Dressing (see below) over the warm pana
  8. Serve

Recao Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 medium onion chopped
  • 8 green olives
  • 1 Tbsp ground garlic
  • Handful of recao chopped (can substitute standard cilantro)
  • 2 Tbsp Sofrito
  • Salt to taste
  • Adobo to taste

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