Ashaninka Ceremonial Cacao

What is Organic Cacao?

Scientific name: Theobroma Cacao


Cacao, also known as cocoa, is the most organic and purest form of raw chocolate there is available. 


Uniquely original from our South American Amazon forests, we offer [Ceremonial Cacao] that comes directly from the Ashaninka tribe in Peru, a tribe that focuses in cultivating their cacao with the highest organic standards involving tradition, culture and quality.


The Cacao tree is originally from the Amazon in South America. Covering the countries of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, they thrive high in the rivers of Napo, Putumayo and Caqueta. There is evidence indicating that Cacao has been cultivated and consumed in this area of the world since the 5th millennium BC by the different aboriginal civilisations, taking into account that because of the diversity in the ecosystems, it is very complex to cultivate through natural sources.


Our Cacao is perfect for chocolatiers and chocolate lovers who understand the value of origin and the importance of sustaining and maintaining traditional approaches to the making of - which is why our [Ceremonial Cacao] has countlessly won us positive reviews to show for it.


The Main Three: The Difference




This tree gives many fruits, it is robust and highly resistant to diseases. Its origin pertains to the deep jungle in the Amazon forests. During the Spanish colony over South America, this tree was harvested over a great expand of area in order to comply with the supply required by the European market, who understood its richness and value almost as instant as the blinking of eyes. Today, it supplies 85% of the world’s demand.




This cacao is a hybrid mixture of ‘Criollo’ and ‘Forastero’. Its origin pertains to places such as Delta del Orinoco, Venezuela. This specie was first introduced to the markets in the isle of Trinidad at the beginning of the 18th century in order to correct large losses caused by hurricanes or unexpected catastrophes where demand couldn’t be met. It has the qualities that characterize the two species that supply its genes: it’s aromatic and robust. Due to its agroecology it’s highly adaptable and can be cultivated in many lands of the world as long as they meet the requirements. Subsequently it’s very productive and of high performance. Today, it occupies 14% of the world’s total production.




Cacao Criollo has been considered by experts to be the best grain because of its aroma and taste. Its seeds are long, corrugated, sharp and soft. It is the main model from which the others are classified. It has been described as delicate, fragrant and elegant. It is an environment-fragile specie and is of scarce production. Due to its scarcity and specialty, in colonial times it was only offered and sold to those of higher financial circumstances. It actually represents 2% to 5% of the trees in the planet and only 1% of the total global production. 


Its Nutrients


At SelvaBio we offer a wide range of Cacao products, principally [Ceremonial Cacao] of the criollo variety and our supersnack [Cacao Nibs Sweetened with Yacon] of criollo variety also.


They’re stats are as follows:


One ounce (28 grams) of cacao provides: 


RDI = Reference Daily Intake


Calories: 175

Protein: 3 grams

Fat: 15 grams

Fiber: 5 grams

Sugar: 1 gram

Iron: 6% of the RDI

Magnesium: 16% of the RDI

Phosphorus: 9% of the RDI

Zinc: 6% of the RDI

Manganese: 27% of the RDI

Copper: 25% of the RDI




Cacao is highly nutritious, providing an impressive amount of protein, fibre, healthy fats, minerals, and plant compounds like flavonoids.


Cacao is rich in flavonoid antioxidants, including epicatechin, catechin, and procyanidins, promoting lower rates of heart disease, certain cancers, and mental decline.


They’re exceptionally rich in antioxidants that help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation


Our [Cacao Nibs] are also low in sugar. And hey, how isn’t that a great a benefit?


Offer anti-inflammatory effects, boost your immune system, and protect against diabetes


Cacao increases concentration and attention; it also improves the effectiveness of other minerals and nutrients in the body for a healthier lifestyle. 


In general Cacao has traditionally been used as a medicinal drink, the fruit of Cacao is considered to be a natural stimulant with high levels of protein and antioxidants in form of flavonoids. 


It is known as a natural anti-depressant.


A great natural aphrodisiac capable of increasing libido.




You can consume it raw in order to benefit from all its properties, by adding it to hot water and preparing drinks, (many people are practicing the Cacao ceremony in which a very special connection is made) or it can be mixed directly as an ingredient in smoothies, muesli, yoghurts, cakes, lactose products or any other mixtures with Cacao that could result in chocolate being made.


It can be part of desserts, Cacao butter and Cacao pastes, all of which are excellent ingredients for chocolate bars and cakes. We also recommend you try our [Cacao Blend "Cacao Mornings"], a special combination to improve and boost your mornings.


This superfood can be perfectly combined with maca root, purple corn, Lucuma, cinnamon, Camu Camu, Quinoa and other super foods to enhance its attributes.


Our [Organic Cacao Nibs] are sweetened with Yacon and are the perfect on-the-go snack for any time. We also recommend you add our nibs to your smoothies, yoghurts or even cereals to enhance its nutrients and enhance your day!



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