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Spilling the Beans (Hawaiian Treasures Continued)
Hawaii is known for many delicious foods and one very important beverage - coffee (from the Kona side of the Big Island). Did you know that Hawaii is the only U.S. state that grows coffee (other American coffees come from Central and South America)? Java consumption dates as far back as the 9th century and today, coffee is the second most commonly traded commodity in the world (oil tops the list).
I love coffee, from Kona, Kenya, Sumatra, Costa Rica, Peru... actually, I love it all! And each variety starts with a mighty bean- sort of. Coffee plants produce berries called coffee cherries that each contain two seeds (sometimes one). We refer to them as beans, but technically, they're really seeds (although "seed juice" doesn't sound nearly as cute as "bean juice").
Now, for the great news - several studies have linked coffee consumption to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and colon cancer. Worried about caffeine? Experts say moderation is the key - up to 3 (8 oz each) cups per day is A-OK for healthy, non-pregnant/nursing adults. So, enjoy your morning coffee - without a side of guilt (just be mindful of what you put in it; more on this in a future post).
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Today I'm sharing a photo I took of Akaka Falls, located about 11 miles north of Hilo. Amazing!