What is ceremonial cacao and why is it called that way?
Ceremonial Cacao is a paste made by pressing raw cacao beans. Ceremonial Cacao not to be confused with cocoa, is made without using heat therefore ensuring that it maintains its high nutritional profile making it a superfood. Cacao enhances brain health, mental focus, and your mood. Get grounded with cacao and experience energetic expansion.
What is the difference between Cacao and Cocoa?
In one sense, the two words mean the same thing as “cocoa” is the English adaptation of the word “cacao.” However, there are also important distinctions between the two. While cacao refers to cacao beans that have not been roasted, what is called cocoa is made of beans that have been roasted.
Cacao is in essence raw cacao. It is made by cold-pressing raw cacao beans ensuring that no nutrients are lost by treating it with heat and thus maintaining its high nutritional profile. In essence, it’s the raw, naturally fermented, and unheated form of chocolate.
The Cacao tree is ancient. From its mythical origins, the Cacao plant healing properties revolve around regaining the heart connection with Mother Earth.
Some current research points out that Cacao was known and used by man in its wild form as far back as 5,000 to 7,000 years ago! Mayans who used Cacao in ceremonies daily called it the “Food of the Gods”. Mythology speaks to Cacao being a gift from our star ancestors.
Theobroma cacao, also called the cacao tree and the cocoa tree and is native to South America. The Cacao tree grows in the area delimited to the North and to the South of the equator by the 20-degree parallel, known as the 20/20 zone. Cacao is grown in the 20/20 around the globe, and mostly in South America, Asia, and Africa.
The Cacao ceremony has only recently started to grow in popularity in the Western World even though it has been used by Aztecs and Mayans for thousands of years. These cultures knew of the amazing benefits of the Cacao fruit and reserved sacred cacao only for priests and men of high status in their communities.
Today we are lucky that this Wisdom is coming to the surface so we can know it and benefit from it.
I like to differentiate the plantations of trees for Ceremonial Cacao from the industrialized plantations that the chocolate industry harvests from. You could say there is a dark side to the Cacao growth just as much as there is love, dedication, and yes… ceremony.
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