Eco Cool & DYI: Panamanian Eco-Friendly Lunchboxes!

In preparation for a day visit to my aunts farm for horseback riding, swimming in the river and having a picnic my dear aunt woke me up early with delicious smells of arroz con guandu, gallina de patio (free range chicken cooked in traditional tomato based sauce), and fried platano maduro (fried sweet plantains)! Normally when I visit Chiriqui I try to sleep in as late as possible and just relax, but this particular Sunday I just could not stay put. When I rolled out of bed and wandered to the kitchen I was stricken with the site of the giant pots of food ready for our day. Then I noticed my aunt was wrapping the food in giant palm leaves! I asked, "Tia que es eso?" and she explained that it was a mono...uh what a monkey?....at this point I she furthered explained that that was the name for the traditional Panamanian way to wrap food in a palm leaf called bijao. When finished it looks like a giant tamale. At this point I was like wow! This is totally awesome because you have your food container and plate all in one! It's eco-friendly! Biodegradable! Hours later when we arrived by the riverside and set-up our picnic the food was still warm and just perfect.

How to make mono aka Panamanian Eco-Friendly Lunchbox

a) first take clean palm leaf or bijao b) fill with food c) wrap like a burrito-fold sides in first then top and bottom d) tie with some string


1 comment:

Praphakaran said...

Very nice and we have one more option and eco friendly.
Palm leaf plates
Palm Leaf Plates are made from the shedded leaves of the Areca Palm Tree .Palm Leaf Plates are100% natural. So thickness, color, texture will differ from plate to plate. No trees are chopped or cut at any stage during harvesting and plate making process. Palm Leaf Plates are alternate for plastic disposable Food trays and bowls.
Disposable, eco- friendly
100% bio-degradable, sturdy
Leak proof , naturally hygienic
Handy, light weight but strong
Use and throw, non-toxic
User friendly, cost effective
Organic, odorless Suitable for microwave and freezer
Well suited for cold/hot/oily foods
No chemicals, no bleach, no polish…etc
Comparatively better than other regular disposable plates

Boat parties, pool parties, birthday parties, office parties, wedding parties
Indoor and Outdoor picnics
Star hotels, fast-food centers, coffee shops, food chain, restaurants
Corporate meetings, political meetings
Hospital canteens, office canteens, factory canteens
Homes, clubs, hostels, mass events, dinner, buffet, takeaway, catering companies, event organizers etc…..
We can supply in round, rectangle, hexogonal, square shapes plates
and bowls.
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