You've seen the word, now you know how to say it, you know it's good for you, but why? And can a couple of letters make it all that different from its cousin Cocoa? Of course they can!
By definition Cacao is a dried, partly fermented seed from South America
It can be used in so many different ways. Including raw deserts and cakes, smoothies, hot drinks and baked goods (check out the Black Forest cake in The Whole Pantry app). You can also use it to make your very own homemade chocolate!
The difference between Cacao and Cocoa is clearly not in how it can be used, nor is it in their appearances. It's about what you get from it. Cocoa is the processed, 'played with' version and is often sweetened. Processing, means that most of the health benefits are whisked away into never land, not to be seen again. Cacao, is raw and comes to us in forms closest to nature. Cacao (power), Cacao Nibs and Cacao Butter. The fact that it's dignity remains intact means that every time you eat it, you're filling your body with vitamins, minerals and amazing nutrients.
Here are some of the things you will find in Raw Cacao ...
Vitamin A B C E
Omega 6 Fatty acids
You can purchase cacao from your local health food store, online and in some mainstream super markets. As always I recommend Organic wherever possible.