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Alternative namesbuko lamaw, coconut lamaw
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateVisayas, Mindanao
Serving temperatureChilled, room temperature
Main ingredientsCoconut water, young coconut, biscuits or saltines, milk

Lamaw, also known as buko lamaw, is a Filipino dessert or beverage made from scraped young coconut meat (buko) in coconut water with milk and sugar (or condensed milk), and saltines or biscuits. Variations can add ingredients like peanuts, graham crackers, or skyflakes. Ice cubes are also commonly added to chill the dessert. It is usually made from freshly gathered coconuts, and is commonly served within the coconut shell itself. It originates from the Visayas and Visayan areas of Mindanao and is a traditional merienda for farmers working in the fields in rural areas.[1][2][3]

The name of the dessert is from Visayan lamaw, meaning "swill" or "slop", due to its appearance. The term can sometimes also be used to refer to similar desserts made from papaya or avocado with milk and sugar.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Buko Lamaw: The Dessert of the Visayas". bitlanders. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  2. ^ De Jaresco, Bingo. "A look at coconut industry prospects". Negros Chronicle. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ "LAMAW (Lāmaw): A delectable young Coconut dessert beverage in the Philippines". busy. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  4. ^ "lamaw". Cebuano Dictionary. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Anyone Who Wants Lamaw?". Food Blog Destinations. Retrieved 23 April 2019.