The Peruvian Cocoa is originally from the majestic Amazon, Peruvian cocoa lives up to its great place of origin.
Each grain of this flagship product of Peru captivates the world with its explosion of aromas and its unmistakable flavor, which have positioned it as one of the best in the world.
And although the planet has known about it for a few centuries, the relationship between the South American peoples and cocoa is truly ancient: it was discovered 3,000 years ago by the first civilizations in this part of the continent.
60% of the Peruvian territory is tropical forest.
This makes it an ideal setting for cocoa production, which is why eight species, between cultivated and wild, are produced in this territory.
Among them stands out the Theobroma cacao L (or common cacao) which is cultivated on the north coast and in the Amazon of Peru.
The Delicate Craft of Peruvian Cocoa
To produce the chocolate, the beans are extracted from the ripe ear and left to ferment for six days in special drawers, in order to break down the sweet pulp and give it the right flavor.
Then, the grains are spread out in the sun and put to dry on pallets or clothes lines, stirring them so that the drying is uniform.
Once dry, the beans are roasted and ground to obtain the cocoa paste, which is then transformed into chocolate using various formulas.
When the harvesting, fermentation and drying process is carried out properly, a superior quality cocoa is obtained, especially in demand by artisan chocolatiers.
This is how Peruvian cocoa, characterized by its exceptional flavor and aroma as well as its excellent quality, has become the favorite ingredient of the best chocolate factories, making Peru one of the largest exporters of organic cocoa in the world.
Peruvian Cocoa Benefits:
Cocoa is a food rich in minerals, vitamins and fiber, which offers numerous benefits. In addition to its incomparable flavor, it has nutritional and therapeutic properties, used to make various products.
Other benefits of cocoa:
- Improves mood.
- It is stimulant of the nervous system.
- Allows you to maintain good cardiovascular health.
- It is stimulant of the digestive system.
- It is an effective remedy against constipation.
- It is good for the skin and against cellulite.