Useful and medicinal properties of cocoa
The history of cocoa
Long before Columbus first set foot on the shores of the New world, the cacao tree was worshipped by the Aztecs and
Mayans. They considered him a source of divine ambrosia had been granted by the God Quetzalcoatl. The consumption of beverages from cocoa was the privilege of the nobility and priests. Cocoa Indians had little in common with modern drink. The Aztecs loved the drink is salty, not sweet and knew different ways of preparing it for fun, for medicinal or ceremonial purposes.
The Aztecs believed a simple beverage made from cocoa is a powerful aphrodisiac and tonic
The Spanish conquerors did not initially tasted of cocoa, but when they learned to cook it it is not salty, and sweet, fully appreciated the amazing “Golden beans”. When Cortez returned to Spain, the bag filled with cocoa beans, Continue reading
About the benefits of cocoa known by the American Indians long before Columbus. From the fruit of the cocoa made the drink chocolatl, which means “bitter water”. The Indians cocoa was considered a sacred plant, given to them by the gods. Europeans discovered cocoa in the first half of the XVI century.
First cocoa was in Spain, then it known in France. At first, the American beverage drank only members of Royal families, and only in the XVIII century it became widespread. Cacao was first cultivated in Africa. In Russia, the chocolate began to produce in the nineteenth century.
It should be noted the high value of cocoa as a product. Cocoa is a source of folic acid, iron, potassium and zinc. In addition, cocoa powder contains caffeine, theophylline and theobromine, which are excellent tonics. Cocoa also is included in the meal Kremlin diet. This diet is based on restricting Continue reading
Cocoa many familiar from the childhood, because his love to serve in kindergartens and schools. Remember faceted glass, beautiful color liquid, and the top… nasty film, which had to blow off to drink a sweet drink.
But it turns out that it is this feature of cocoa and appreciated in this extremely tasty beverage – air delicious foam. It is clear that the school cooks had neither the desire nor the skills to make a drink by all the rules of culinary art. But we can learn.
For a really delicious cocoa ahead, cocoa powder, sugar, water, milk and whisk (or mixer). First boil water and add in it sugar (to taste and optional) and cocoa, a good razbaltyvayas its rim. And at the end of the process add hot (!) milk, fat content preferably of 3.5%. If to do without halo, Continue reading