health benefits and origin
Based from its meaning
Cacao, full name: Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods”. Cacao plants have two edible parts, the seeds (also called beans) and the fruit. If you’ve ever eaten chocolate, you’ve eaten cacao seeds. Fermented, ground into a paste, sweetened, and sometimes flavored to create everything
Why we love it:
Healthy Benefits of cacao is a true super-food, containing more antioxidants than blueberries, in addition to a good amount of iron, calcium, and magnesium. Cacao is also the reason dark chocolate is considered to have health benefits—it’s a notable source of flavonoids, which may have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, and theobromine, a bitter alkaloid similar to caffeine thought to boost moods and energy.
Opportunity The Philippines’ potential considering its climate and soil condition shall benefit cacao farmers and chocolate-product makers given the global demand for cacao.
CACAO PRICE – High price during peak season; Less prone to severe fluctuation.
INCLUSIVE GROWTH – 90% are small farm Holdings, more jobs and livelihood opportunities, promotes countryside development.
POVERTY ALLEVIATION: P100-150K/ Hectare; better income augmentation; harvest every 2 weeks
SUITABLE FOR INTER-CROPPING: No need for new areas
MARKET DRIVEN: Strong domestic and export market demand; No product substitute
GOOD FOR REHAB PROGRAM: 18 months gestation period
PRESENCE OF SUPPORT PROGRAM FROM GOVERNMENT: DENR-NGP, PCA’S KAANIB, DA-HVCC, DOST, DAR, DTI, LBP-CACAO 100, SBC.