Wattleseeds: An alternative to coffee?
If quinoa, acai, and goji berries have become a staple in your pantry, you might be ready for yet another exotic sounding food: wattleseeds.
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Wattleseeds come from acacia trees, also called wattles, which are native to Australia. Aboriginal people used these seeds to make flour for bread, however nowadays wattleseeds have found their way into organic supermarkets and hipster cafes where you can buy wattleseed coffee.
But are wattleseeds a good alternative to coffee? Well, that depends on your love for coffee and addiction to caffeine. Wattleseeds do indeed have a nutty coffee aroma when roasted. Once ground, you can use them like just like ground coffee beans and enjoy your ‘fake’ caffeine-free coffee with or without milk.
The great thing about these seeds is that they contain potassium, calcium, iron and zinc and are therefore highly nutritious. The flavour of wattleseed coffee is slightly more earthy and nutty than normal coffee, but it comes pretty close to it and can definitely be a good alternative to your cappuccinos and lattes, just not your strong wake-me-up-espressos.
Besides coffee, wattleseeds can be used in baking and even as a spice to flavour sauces and to make marinades. They compliment any recipe that contains chocolate very well, so why not add a bit of ground and roasted wattleseeds to your next chocolate cake and enjoy a piece with some wattleseed coffee?
Would you try it?
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