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What is Cuban Espresso?

Espresso is mixed with hot water and sugar to make Cuban coffee, or cafe cubano. The ultimate product is an espresso coffee with a syrupy caramelized body and a high concentration of caffeine.

Exploring Tamarind: What Is It Exactly?

The tamarind is a popular hardwood tree that has tasty fruit that can be found in tropical regions throughout the world. The scientific name is Tamarindus indica. Tamarind has a rich history dating back centuries. It was traded by ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and Greeks, and its seeds were used as currency in …

Why Does Garlic Turn Blue?

I use garlic almost everyday. Garlic is a staple in Cuban cooking. Every recipe calls for it and even when it doesn’t I’ll add it anyway! Most of the time, I add the garlic where it’s called for and everything turns out great. But… sometimes when I am making a garlic mojo sauce the garlic …

What Is Moringa Oleifera? Everything You Need to Know

Now is a great time to include Moringa in your diet. It is one of the most nutrient-rich superfoods that the modern diet can offer. Moringa is a leafy green and a relative of the nutritious Moringa tree leaves, also known as drumstick tree leaves, horseradish tree, or ben oil tree. Not only does it …

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Discovering Malanga: A Guide to This Lesser-Known Root Vegetable

Have you ever heard of Malanga? This lesser-known root vegetable may not be as famous as potatoes or carrots, but its unique flavor and nutritional value make it worth discovering. In this guide, we will take you on a journey to uncover the fascinating world of Malanga. With its brown, hairy exterior and creamy white …

What Is Naranja Agria?

Unraveling the Delicious Secrets of Naranja Agria: A Tangy Citrus Fruit You Need to Try If you are new to Cuban, Latin or Caribbean cooking you might have noticed many recipes contain the ingredient naranja agria.  If you do not know what that is then you are probably asking yourself, what is naranja agria? Naranja …

What Is Ají Cachucha (Ají Dulce) Pepper?

There are so many peppers out there that it can be difficult to identify all of them! Peppers are not only delicious, but they also add so many nutrients to every dish. That’s why you should try different peppers and experiment with them in your dishes. One pepper you may not know is ají cachucha (ají …

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The Best Cuban Sodas

The Sunshine Bottling Company was the first manufacturer of carbonated beverages and sodas in Cuba. With the help of a joint venture with Tropicana, the company opened its doors back in 1917 and began offering its renowned Ironbeer. Thirty years later, the Cawy Bottling Company would introduce Havana to Materva. Both companies continued to flourish …

Is Cuban Food Spicy?

I have been asked many times throughout my life, “Is Cuban food spicy?” The short answer is NO, but it IS full of flavor. Anyone who says Cuban food is bland hasn’t eaten authentic Cuban food. Also, they definitely haven’t eaten Cuban food prepared by me! Cuban food as we know it today is a …

What Is Guanabana And Its Benefits?

While most people are accustomed to finding pineapples and mangoes in their local produce aisle, these are not the only exotic tropical fruits available today. One such tropical fruit that has only begun making its way into supermarkets around the country, is that of soursop. Known throughout Latin America as guanabana, this particular fruit has …