Cacao Paste: Peruvian

Short Description

Trinitario cacao is a natural hybrid breed of cacao that was created by cross pollination of the Criollo and Forastero varieties. Criollo has a less potent chocolate flavor but many secondary tasting notes, while Forastero has a full bodied flavor with no secondary tasting notes. Nature combined the best qualities of both, resulting in a high quality cacao with superior flavor.

Process

Trinitario cacao prefers to be grown near the Equator, which makes Peru an ideal growing region. The trees take root in lush soils, reach up to 40 ft. in height and around three years of age start producing their distinct floral smelling pods. The pods after harvested when mature and range in color from light to medium shades of purple. Each pod is split open to reveal dozens of little beans, coated in thick white, sweet pulp. To avoid germination, the beans are placed in special boxes, where microorganisms react with the sweet pulp, initiating the fermentation and heating up the beans. Over the next five days, a series of reactions occur, causing the pulp to break down, heat up and ultimately kill the bean. This process breaks down the bean’s cell wall and results in chemical changes that are responsible for the flavor and color.

After the fermentation process, the beans are rinsed off, laid flat, and rotated frequently to promote even drying. Most companies will roast the beans which destroys a lot of natural flavor and nutrients the plant took so long to develop. We believe these flavors and nutrients are important and something to be enjoyed, so instead of roasting, we remove the shell and gently crush the bean into nibs. The nibs are gently heated together and melt resulting in a pure, simple yet exceptionally flavorful and aromatic paste.

Use

Peruvian cacao paste has a strong chocolate flavor and scent, can be used just like unsweetened chocolate in recipes.

Source

Peru borders Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, the Pacific Ocean and covers almost half a million square miles of western South America. The climate can range from arid on the coastal regions to tropical in the Amazon and is home to over 21,00 species of plants and animals, making Peru extremely biodiverse.

Peru

VarietyPredominantly Trinitario (Forastero, Criollo) and CCN-51
OriginPeru

Certifications

Typical nutrition per 100g

calories620
Calories from Fat458.28
Total Fat50.92g
Saturated Fat31.76g
Trans Fat0g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium39mg
Potassium715mg
Total Carbohydrate26.4g
Dietary Fiber14.81g
Total Sugars0.56g
Protein13.93g
Vitamin A522IU
Vitamin C0mg
Calcium57.2mg
Iron13.2mg