Thursday, October 20, 2005

Homegrown cas for a delicious fruit drink

by Ed Bernhardt - Tico Times Newspaper

This time of year, many sodas (mom-and-pop cafés) and homes around Costa Rica serve a natural fruit drink called fresco de cas.

The cas fruit is blended with a sweetener to make a creamy, delightful, sweet-acid drink that has a hint of guava flavor. That's because cas belongs to the guava family.

Known as Costa Rican guava in English, Psidium friedrichsthalianum has many different names in Latin America, including guayaba ácida (Guatemala), guayaba agria (Colombia), guayaba de danto (Honduras), guayaba de agua (Panama), guayaba del Choco (Ecuador), guayaba montes (Mexico), guayaba (Nicaragua) and arrayán (El Salvador).

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