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Ecuadorian dessert: Espumilla

Ecuadorian dessert: Espumilla

From savory dishes made with plantain to sweet desserts made with exotic traditional fruits, Ecuador offers its visitors a plethora of culinary experiences.

Our aim is to give you a peek into the cultural shades and the food nuances found in every region of this diverse country.

Some of our culinary traditions date back to the eighteen hundreds and today we want to share one of them with you.

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About espumilla

Espumilla is a traditional Ecuadorian dessert, that according to some, dates back to 1907 when the first records mentioning it were found.

It is oftentimes seen as street food, as it can easily be bought from vendors while strolling the streets of downtown Quito.

The main recipe for espumilla includes egg whites, sugar, and fruit pulp, typically from guava o guayaba. What was most impressive was learning that they are made by hand until they have the right texture.

You may also want to make your version of espumilla at home.


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What does espumilla taste like

This is a sweet refreshing dessert, that you can enjoy on a warm day.

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How and where to eat espumilla 

This delicious guava meringue cream dessert looks like ice cream and thus is oftentimes eaten in ice cream cones.

Although the tradition began in downtown Quito, nowadays you can also find street vendors selling espumillas outside schools in Ecuador. You can also find this dessert being sold in main plazas and fruit markets around the city.

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As you can see in the picture above, espumillas are garnished with some sprinkles, can vary in flavor and they may also have some Ecuadorian blackberry syrup called arrope de mora on top.

Make sure to delight your palate with some espumilla when you visit Downtown Quito.

Have you tasted espumilla ? Leave your comment below!


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Ecuadorian dessert: Espumilla

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