AskDefine | Define panocha

Dictionary Definition

panocha n : fudge made with brown sugar and butter and milk and nuts [syn: penuche, penoche, panoche]

User Contributed Dictionary

Spanish

Noun

panocha
  1. corncob
  2. ear of corn
  3. panicle
  4. pancake made of cornmeal and cheese (Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile)
  5. coarse brown sugar (Mexico)

Extensive Definition

Panocha in New Mexico and southern Colorado means a pudding made from ground sprouted wheat and piloncillo. It is traditionally eaten during Lent. The sprouted-wheat flour is called "panocha flour" or simply "panocha" as well.
In other regions, "panocha" can mean penuche or panuche. In the Philippines it means a kind of cane sugar produced by a crude milling process, like panela.
In New Mexico and southern Colorado Spanish slang, it is a taboo word for the vulva, a fact that has led to many deliberate and accidental puns.

References

  • A Dictionary of New Mexico and Southern Colorado Spanish
  • The Santa Fe School of Cooking Cookbook: Spirited Southwestern Includes directions for making panocha flour.
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