I am sitting on my porch this morning, watching the sunrise. The sun’s rays move across the grass and melt the frost that clings there, frozen crystals sparkle and dance in the pale light of the dawn.
I watch the steam rise from my mug of hot cocoa, taking a sip, my mind begins recalling how beautiful Brazil is at this time of year. The jungle is blooming with an endless variety of exotic blossoms, nuts and fruits. It late springtime there in Brazil, warm and welcoming, a sharp contrast to this morning of frost.
I had purchased the local cocoa mix that I was drinking this morning from a small shop in Ilehus, a little town on the coast of Bahia in Brazil. A quaint and charming community with plenty of local color. Ilehus is well known for its cocoa plantations and its production of chocolate.
Several years ago I journeyed into the tropical jungles of Brazil to taste the juice of the cocoa fruit and other local delicacies. The area of Bahia is a botanical pharmacy of health. Its one of the reasons I began to travel, www.concentricrings.org I wanted to experience other cultures and their healing methods, using food and herbs as medicine.
Little did I know I would be hopelessly seduced by the culture of Brazil, the jungle, the people with their zest for life. The Brazilian’s know the secret of life and they embrace it with every sunrise. Gee I’m glad I made hot cocoa today!
Here’s a little tip for your health too. :-)
Most of us think of hot cocoa as a soothing chocolate milk beverage. But cocoa is also the intensely flavored chocolate powder created when almost all cocoa butter has been removed from chocolate liquor.
Cocoa contains more than 30 nutritious organic compounds, including:
Polyphenols and the essential minerals, potassium and magnesium, which help regulate blood pressure and promote healthy body systems
Beta-carotene and vitamin E, plus niacin and folic acid—all essential for good health
Flavonoids or antioxidants in cocoa and dark chocolate may inhibit platelet activity, an effect that might help prevent heart disease.