Cacao pod on the tree

The Ecuadorian cacao "Nacional" is the genetic variety that comes from the first cacao trees ever domesticated by people. It is now a very rare form of cacao, as other varieties are used most often in global chocolate production. 

Nacional was first harvested in Ecuador more than 5,000 years ago. Up until the 18th and 19th Century it was known as the source of the world's premier chocolate, because of its complex floral and fruity flavor tones. The Ecuadorian cacao has become even more rare since the early 20th Century.

The opportunity to enjoy chocolate made from the arriba nacional cacao beans is truly special.