If we had to choose one product range behind the reason to open Wild Food Cafe shop it would be our raw cacao range.
Cacao (especially organic, fair-traded, wild or single estate) comes from a very bio-diverse ecosystem with rich soil. No wonder it is super rich in minerals and phyto-nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc (among many others). Cacao has an ability to boost immune system, strengthen the cardiovascular system, sharpen the mind and improve mental focus. It is also a great aphrodisiac. Read more about it here.
Our Ecuadorian cacao comes from Calceta, in the province of Manabi in Ecuador, where we work with a specialist in Cacao, who sources the native Cacao Nacional Fino Arriba variety. He works directly with the farmers enabling them to focus on: quality management – producing healthy, high quality cacao; consultancy – advice on production and post-harvest techniques; business development – with economic and environmental sustainability in mind, as well as export. He is committed to fair trade, promoting better income distribution among the farmers he works with by advancing timely and fair payments and is aware of his social responsibility for the welfare of people involved with him. The farmers nurture the trees, hand pick the cacao pods, and separate the beans for fermenting. After a carefully controlled fermentation process, the cacao beans are sun dried to retain their natural qualities. The beans are then hand-peeled, before further processing into nibs, paste, butter and powder. The Cacao Nacional Fino Arriba tree only grows in Ecuador – it is very special, as the cacao is considered worldwide to have the most superb, unique, floral aroma and a nutty flavour, as well as the highest amounts of nutrients and minerals.
Raw cacao powder is great for hot chocolates, raw chocolate making, cakes, energy balls, fudge and smoothies.
Check out the recipe for amazing chia raw cacao pudding here.
Check out divine raw chocolate sauce recipe here.
And finally, check out our ultimate luxurious mulberry & raw cacao bliss bites here.
If you love cacao as much as we do, read our article about medicinal uses of cacao in everyday life here.
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