Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The best Ecuadorian "Heirloom" Raw Chocolate


Since 2004 Natural Zing has been sourcing our raw cacao from the small farmers in Ecuador that currently supply the cacao for the Pacari Raw Chocolate.  We have supported a nursery that germinates native tree species for sustainable forestry projects such as the Cacao Nacional Arriba Fino de Aroma.  This cacao variety, the “heirloom” Arriba, has been disappearing as new, high yielding, varieties have been displacing this native species despite their relative lack of aroma.  Natural Zing felt from early on the importance of encouraging the growth of the Arriba cacao tree variety.  The Cacao Nacional Arriba Fino de Aroma tree only grows in Ecuador. It is a prized species among chocolate liking because of its unique floral aroma and its nut flavor taste.  In recent years the Pacari brand was created due to the popularity of these farmers’ raw cacao by Santiago Peralta and Carla Barboto. Natural Zing has been connected to the source of this amazing cacao since 2004.


Natural Zing has worked in partnership with indigenous communities and rural small farmers to develop better products that are "good for you and the Earth"TM.  During that time we have supported the training of small farmers in organic agriculture pilot projects, which encourages small farmers to change from conventional to organic growing practices.  These small farmers learn even higher standards than just organic and sustainable methods that not only sustain their families with a better than “fair trade” wage, but support the natural environment.

Look for Natural Zing's brand when shopping for the purest "Heirloom" Cacao Nacional Arriba Fino de Aroma cacao nibs,  cocoa powder, cacao beans, cacao paste, and cocoa butter.

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