Food of the Gods - Organic Cacao
Vessels at an ancient excavation in the northeast of Guatemala contain residue of cacao seeds that carbon date 480 A.D. and earlier. The scientific name of the chocolate plant, theobroma, translates literally to “food of the gods” and to early Mesoamerican civilizations that is exactly what it was.
In Mayan society, everyone, rich and poor alike, enjoyed a frothy, rich and wonderfully bitter beverage made from this sacred seed. Consumed at most meals, the chocolate drink was quite different from our hot chocolates of today – it was thick and rich, often with a head of fatty cocoa butter foam, and let's not forget - no added sugar!
Because of its powerful aphrodisiac properties, Mayan couples also drank the sacred beverage on occasions of engagement and marriage. It also has an incredibly high nutrient profile: low in cholesterol and sodium, a good source of protein, potassium and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fibre, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese, making it a superior functional, nutrient-rich food.
Here's a wonderful Hot Chocolate recipe for you to try:
*1 cup organic whole milk of your choice, sheep, cow, almond
*2 tbsps raw cacao powder
*1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
*1/8 tsp nutmeg (as a bedtime drink for a good night's sleep, add 8 gratings from a whole nutmeg)
*1/4 tsp ground chili pepper
*1-2 tsp honey
* In a small bowl combine cacao & spices
* Adding a small amount of milk, mix into a paste
* in a saucepan, heat remaining milk slowly over medium heat making sure to remove before boiling
* Slowly add paste to saucepan & simmer until slightly thickened.
* Pour into a mug & add honey to desired sweetness.
We sell a full range of organic Peruvian Criolla cacao (Theobroma cacao L, creole variety): cacao beans, butter, nibs, paste (liquor) and powder - I add a spoonful of the powder in my morning smoothie each day - delicious! 😊