Many people don't know that the cacao bean comes from a collection of seeds within a pod grown on the cacao tree in tropical regions. It is surrounded by a sticky substance and locals call it a "jungle M&M".
The beans are cleaned and traditionally sun-dried.
Nibs are sometimes called for in cookies, smoothies, oatmeals, cereal, yogurt and more. It's a great way to add nutrients and antioxidants to some foods without adding the sugar and fat usually associated with chocolate.
Enjoy a few nibs (or grind your own from whole raw cacao beans) -- found at your local health foods store.
|Dried Cacao Beans|