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Cascara is a dried and aged coffee fruit, and it is the hollowed out shell of the coffee cherry inside of which you can find the magical coffee bean.
The cascara cherry grows on heavy branches with big clusters of red-ripe cherry-like fruit which hang from trees like bright shiny Christmas ornaments!
After picking, these cherries are washed and set to dry. Only when they reach an exact colour and weight do they earn their own beautifully unique name: cascara.
Cascara has many health benefits like increased supply of nutrients to the body, and it can also increase metabolism and reduce inflammation. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
You are more than likely to be able to buy cascara online than any standard grocery store. However, do check with your neighbourhood's herbs & spices shop or at a speciality coffee shop, maybe they will know more about buying it locally!
About the author
My name is Vasileia and I’m here because i decided to combine my two favourite things: writing and coffee. I love travelling around the world and visiting coffee shops but my biggest goal is to visit a coffee farm, to see where it all starts! You can follow my coffee adventures via my blog: thewanderingbean.net