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“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

 

The choc of the new | 1843

After centuries of exporting its finest cacao beans, Ecuador has produced a new generation of chocolatiers that is turning them into first-rate chocolate. Paul Richardson tastes the world’s best bars

Bron: The choc of the new | 1843

 

Dandelion Chocolate’s two-ingredient, single-origin, small-batch bars are bundled

Craft chocolate, like beer and coffee before it, is ready to go mainstream. But that doesn’t mean it’s ready to sell out.

Bron: The World According to Free-Range Short Seller Mark Cohodes – Bloomberg

 

Extra Virgin Chocolate

K + M Extravirgin Chocolate preserves the potency of the cocoa bean while enhancing its health benefits by using EVOO as a main ingredient.

Bron: Thomas Keller’s Extra Virgin Chocolate

 

Geert Vercruysse Selection – Chocolate Reviews

Undoubtably one of my chocolate highlights of 2010. If you ever get the chance to try a Geert Vercruysse Selection I can assure you, you won’t regret it!

Bron: Geert Vercruysse Selection – Chocolate Reviews

 

No other food can conjure up a response like chocolate. 

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Bron: Big Tree Farms op Instagram: “Cacao’s legendary history is steeped in deep soul emotions. No other food can conjure up a response like chocolate. Like people the world…”

 
 
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