Organic Cacao Nib FAQs

What are Cacao Nibs?

Cacao Nibs are small pieces of crushed cacao beans.

Where does Cacao come from?

The Cacao tree is native to the Amazon Basin.  Theobroma cacao, also called the cacao tree and the cocoa tree, is a small (4–8 m (13–26 ft) tall) evergreen tree in the family Malvaceae, native to the deep tropical regions of the Americas. Its seeds, cocoa beans, are used to make chocolate liquor, cocoa solids, cocoa butter and chocolate. Our Organic Cacao Nibs are a product of Peru.

What’s the history of Cacao?

Several mixtures of cacao are described in ancient texts, for ceremonial or medicinal, as well as culinary, purposes. Some mixtures included maize, chili, vanilla and honey. Archaeological evidence for use of cacao, while relatively sparse, has come from the recovery of whole cacao beans at Uaxactun, Guatemala and from the preservation of wood fragments of the cacao tree at Belize sites including Cuello and Pulltrouser Swamp. Cacao beans were a major currency system in pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilisations. At one point, the Aztec empire received a yearly tribute of 980 loads of cacao, in addition to other goods. Each load represented exactly 8,000 beans.

How would you describe the flavour of Cacao Nibs?

Cacao Nibs have a bitter, complex, chocolatey flavour with a firm but chewy texture.

What are alternative names for Cacao?

The word “cocoa” comes from the Spanish word cacao which is derived from the Nahuatl word cacahuatl. The Nahuatl word, in turn, ultimately derives from the reconstructed Proto Mije-Sokean word kakawa. Cacao is also known as Theobroma Cacao.

What’s the difference between Cacao ans Cocoa?

Cacao refers to any product derived from the cacao bean that has remained raw such as Cacao Nibs and Cacao Powder. Cocoa is raw cacao that has been roasted.

Is Cacao good for you?

Cacao Nibs contains several minerals including calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. All of these minerals are found in greater quantities in cacao than in cocoa.

What is the suggested use of Cacao Nibs?

Cacao Nibs can be used to replace chocolate chips in baking or can be sprinkled on top of smoothie bowls or porridge for breakfast.

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