This cacao from Cacao Source is sourced from Guatemala from single origin cacao strains. Cacao blocks are 1 lb. each. Our ceremonial cacao is different from regular cacao for a few reasons:
- The genetic strains of cacao come from the same lineages of the Mayans who initiated the culture of cacao ceremonies.
- Processing ceremonial cacao creates an optimal state for invoking beautiful feelings from within.
- Each step-- fermentation, drying, toasting, peeling-- alchemizes the cacao to a state that it has the greatest medicinal effect on the body.
Cacao is rich in antioxidants, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, calcium, phosphorus, beta carotene, and amino acids. In the ancient Mayan culture, it has been an integral part of the diet, complementary to corn. It can be consumed as a ceremonial beverage or mixed with other foods. Together, this unique mixture of compounds allows for simultaneous relaxation and alertness, heightened awareness, and creativity. By stimulating the heart center, cacao further aids in creating a sense of openness for expansion and love.
How to make ceremonial cacao:
- Measure one mug of water for each dose of cacao. Add to a pot and apply heat.
- Heat water BELOW boiling temperature (high heat denatures the medicinal compounds of cacao).
- Finely chop 1 - 1.5 oz of cacao and add it to the hot water.
- Additional complementary flavors include ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, tahini, cayenne pepper, salt, and honey. Add these to your hot cacao mixture.
- Mix cacao thoroughly. This can be done with a blender, a whisk, or by shaking a tightly sealed jar.
- Enjoy your cacao in ceremonial space. Set intentions and bless before drinking.