Superfood 101: Cacao Nibs
What are Cacao Nibs?
Cacao is a tropical tree native to Central and South America. Its fruit is best known as chocolate’s main ingredient, though it is increasingly consumed for its nutritional value as well as its taste.
So where do the nibs come from? A cacao nib is a cacao bean that has been chopped up and broken into very small pieces.
Much of the production process is manual and takes place on the small farms where the cacao is grown. Our cacao is selectively harvested by hand since not all the fruit ripen in the same time.
Once harvested, mature fruit pods are split open to remove the beans and the outer shells are discarded. Once scooped from the pods the cacao beans are fermented and dried in the sun to lower the humidity. On arrival at our processing plant the cacao grains are washed and disinfected to lower microbiological contamination. We then soften the skin of the cacao by means of a low heat treatment. The beans are then low temperature dried and their shells are removed before being crushed into smaller nib size pieces.
Temperature is the most important advantage of all our cacao products: all the processing is done below 45º C (approximately 110º F), which allows us to maintain the natural flavor and - even more important - the nutritional properties of the fresh cacao grains.
We always want to provide our customers with cacao nibs that are in their purest, most nutrient-rich state.
What do Cacao Nibs taste like?
Raw, organic cacao nibs can have sort of a bitter, think dark chocolate taste, when eaten by themselves. The reason is because it is not treated like your typical Cocoa that you would buy in the supermarket is. Because it is raw it does not have sugar added or any of the unhealthy processing that is used to give it a sweet taste, but also which voids many of the natural health benefits.
The good news is that if you use it in smoothies or recipes that call for chocolate, many customers feel like they get all the great taste of chocolate without the unhealthy additives or processing, plus the nutritional benefits of raw cacao nibs.
Why Cacao Nibs?
So you can get a major nutrient dense energy boost! Cacao Nibs contain high amounts of theobromine which has similar effects to caffeine for healthy jump during your day!
Our high purity, 100% USDA Organic Cacao Nibs contain a rich supply of antioxidants, dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium and are low in carbohydrates and sugar.
How Do I Use Cacao Nibs?
Our organic cacao nibs are a superfood that you will truly treasure because its not only the healthiest way to help satisfy your chocolate cravings, but there are so many ways to enjoy them!
Try our cacao nibs in smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, baked goods, ice-cream, trail mix, snack food, or as a chocolate chip alternative.
For more cacao nibs recipe inspiration, check out some of our favorite recipes HERE.
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