|Monte Verde Cloud Forest|
|Green Coffee Beans|
|Fresh ground coffee is placed in silk bags and hot water|
is poured on top - fresh coffee drips into waiting cups.
Start with Organic, Fair Trade Beans.
Store in a cool dry place in an airtight container - not in the freezer.
Grind beans just before you are ready to make your coffee.
Use a bodum (french press) or silk bag to get the most flavour from your coffee.
I use approximately 1 Tbsp ground beans/ cup of water.
|Cashew Fruit with Nut attached|
Cashew trees are in abundance in Costa Rica. At first glance you may think that you are looking at yellow or red peppers. Nature creates them that way so animals will take the fruit, eat the fleshy fruity portion and discard the seed elsewhere - allowing a new tree to grow. In fact cashews are part of the poison ivy family (so to are mango and pistachio). If you try to bite into what looks like a leathery pouch encasing the cashew you would be burnt by the acrid oil that surrounds the nut. It is for this reason that many say that cashews are poisonous! In order to make them edible the cashews must be fire roasted. Stay tuned for my fabulous Cashew & Artichoke dip!