Cocoa nibs are delicious, both as a snack and an ingredient. Use them in baking to give desserts an authentic chocolate flavour. You can put them in a trail mix, scatter them over cereals or simply eat them straight from the bag. They are a fine addition to smoothies as well, combining particularly well with Lucuma.
Cocoa nibs are the kernels of the cocoa bean, which grows on the Theobroma cacao, or cocoa tree. The cocoa tree is native to Central America and northern South America and thrives in a climate of high humidity and rainfall. The tree grows to a height of between 5-8 metres. Originally eaten in the tropical rainforests of Central America, cocoa has been part of the human diet for over 2,000 years. The first cacao plantation is thought to have been established in about 400 BC but there is archaeological evidence that cocoa was consumed as early as 600BC by the Preclassic Maya.
Naturya cocoa nibs are grown in Peru, in their native habitat of the Amazon rainforest. They are grown by local cooperatives that use traditional, organic farming methods. A sympathetic approach to the growing environment is vital and these cocoa nibs are only sourced from suppliers who promote sustainability.