Queso Panela (Panela Cheese), called also "Queso Canasta" or "Queso de la Canasta" (Cheese of the basket) because it carries the impression of the basket in which molds itself, is a white, fresh and smooth cheese of cow milk pasteurized, served most often as part of a snack tray or like bite. It is derived from Greek basket cheese.
It absorbs other flavors easily and is covered at times with a paste of garlic and chili. It has the texture of a moist mozzarella and may be fried, although it holds its shape and does not melt well. It is utilized in diverse Mexican foods such as enchiladas or tacos, as well as in some variant preparations of guacamole.