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After a Piece of Chocolate

So many reasons to love it more.

Bron: What Happens to Our Body After a Piece of Chocolate

 
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Life is nothing without passion. Ours is chocolate.

 

The amazing thing about a Nacional plantation is that you have a history when you walk in one.

You can actually see the different clones, and the shape of the pods will tell you more or less where they were planted. Also, you can see the vegetation, the animals that are over there. It’s very magical. When you get more experience, by the shape of the fruit and the color, you will know that those beans are going to be more astringent, or more floral, or more fruity, or even nutty.” – Vicente Norero says of “reading the trees” on Episode 3. Please listen and share (link in bio).

Bron: The Slow Melt op Instagram: 

 

“An exceedingly rare ‘Acriollado’ type of cacao found in one impoverished and isolated area of Ecuador…

An exceedingly rare ‘Acriollado’ type of cacao found in one impoverished and isolated area of Ecuador. This cacao has been cultivated for at least 150 years in isolation from Ecuadorian ‘Nacional’ cacao. This is one of the few examples of a truly heirloom cacao, a variety that has been passed down from generation to generation in isolation from introgression. Sadly this term, heirloom cacao, has been repeatedly misused due to ignorance and desire for marketability.
In recent decades this cacao has been cut down and replaced with oil palm and other more productive crops. Even worse, during the last 10 years, free or heavily subsidized CCN-51 trees have been provided for these communities and are quickly gaining traction. Through proximity and cross pollination, the genetic characteristics of the few remaining stands of these trees will be gradually eroded. These farmers never received any economic reward for growing their traditional cacao variety and because it is slower growing and more susceptible to disease, you can hardly blame them for replacing it. Fortunately, we rescued several dozen fruits and have just started seeding these trees for establishment on the Costa Esmeraldas farm. Also, Hawaii Cacao Foundation used its USDA import permit to bring clean, healthy seeds to Hawaii for preservation and propagation in the disease free climate of the islands. Once multiplied, seeds and scion will made available to the public, no hoarding, trademarking, or other unscrupulous practices. Not just talk, marketing buzzwords, or hype – evidence based decisions and action.

Bron: Daniel O’Doherty op Instagram:

 

The secret of why we like to eat chocolate.

It may seem simple – we like chocolate because it tastes nice. But there’s more to it than that – and it relates to a balance that is set right from the very beginning of our lives.

Bron: The secret of why we like to eat chocolate – BBC News

 

We Eat The Seeds – The Slow Melt

Many of us have been eating chocolate since childhood, but few can recognize it in nature. In this episode, we start at the farm with the pod-shaped fruit and its bitter seeds.

Bron: Ep. 3: We Eat The Seeds – The Slow Melt

 

Raw cacao benefits human longevity without any negative side effects!

Bron: Raw cacao benefits human longevity without any negative side effects!

 
 
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