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  1. Cocoa: From Native producers in its Native Land

    Cocoa: From Native producers in its Native Land

    In our last blog, Lourdes Páez explained the history of cocoa in Ecuador, and the challenges and opportunities in its production today.  Here, we introduce you to some native Amazonian cocoa producers, and to the hope that proper cocoa production holds for them, as well as for the futures of chocolate and conservation.

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  2. From chocolate lover to chocolate expert: a personal story

    From chocolate lover to chocolate expert: a personal story

    Canopy Bridge recently had a chance to sit down with Lourdes Páez, an outstanding social entrepreneur working to enhance appreciation for Ecuador’s excellent cocoa and create more value for farmers of the country’s fine flavor beans. Lourdes heads the Academia del Chocolate, an organization dedicated to training and research to improve the quality, recognition and benefits of fine cocoa, and she recently launched a beautiful book dedicated to Ecuador´s rich cocoa heritage, Ecuador tierra del cacao.36" height="111" />

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  3. Rediscover ishpingo: the Amazon’s hidden treasure

    Rediscover ishpingo: the Amazon’s hidden treasure

    Virtually unknown outside its native Amazon rainforest home, ishpingo (or American Cinnamon) has a deep, earthy, fruity flavor that adds a surprising and hard-to-place dimension to both sweet and savory dishes. Once a promising spice that moved the dreams of adventurers, isphingo deserves to be rediscovered and better known.

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  4. Amazonas picante: Los ajíes de la selva

    Amazonas picante: Los ajíes de la selva

    Cuando Colón se encontró con el Nuevo Mundo, sus pueblos indígenas recibieron el nombre de "indios", una designación errónea de magnitud histórica. Una fruta hasta entonces desconocida fuera de las Américas también recibió un nombre que pertenecía a otra: el pimiento. Para los españoles que probaron esta fruta por primera vez, su picor trajo a la mente los granos de pimienta que habían sido conocidos y comercializados en Eurasia, y así el fruto del Capsicum recibió el nombre de una especie totalmente diferente.

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  5. Amazon Heat: Chilies from the Rainforest

    Amazon Heat: Chilies from the Rainforest

    When Columbus stumbled upon the New World, its indigenous people became known as “Indians”, a misnomer of historical magnitude. Then, too, a fruit until then unknown outside of the Americas received a name that belonged to another: the pepper. To the Spaniards who tasted this fruit for the first time, its heat brought to mind the peppercorns that had been known and traded in Eurasia, and so the fruit of the Capsicum received the name of an entirely different species.

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  6. Los ajíes más picantes en Edén

    Los ajíes más picantes en Edén

    Tal vez es la globalización, tal vez el desarrollo, o quizá sean las innovaciones digitales y las redes sociales, pero mientras estamos más conectados unos con otros, más desconectados nos hallamos de aquello mismo que nos da vida. Entre ordenadores, teléfonos inteligentes, y otros equipos, en medio de tanta información me parece alucinante que yo requiera "recordatorios" de mi conexión con la Tierra: el origen del agua que uso, como el aire que respiro ha llegado a ser lo que es, de dónde proviene mi comida.

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  7. The Hottest Chillies in Eden

    The Hottest Chillies in Eden

    Maybe it’s globalization, maybe it’s development, or perhaps digital innovations and social media; but while we are ever more connected to each other, we find ourselves more disconnected from the very things that keep us alive.  Amidst our computers, phones and other devices, with so much information, I find it staggering that I need to be reminded of my connection to Earth: the origin of the water I use, how the air I breathe has come to be, where my food comes from.

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  8. Lupinus of Ancash

    Lupinus of Ancash

    This Article was originally published by Mater Iniciativa. Recently, Latin America continued its rise to prominence on the global gastronomy scene, with nine restaurants from Mexico, Peru and Brazil joining the ranks of  the world's Top 50. The success of these leading chefs is a credit to their creativity and hard work and draws – as they frequently acknowledge – on the rich biology and diverse cultural traditions of their countries.

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  9. La vida de la selva tiene forma de cacao

    La vida de la selva tiene forma de cacao

    Tenemos el honor de tener a Ignacio Medina como escritor invitado. Ignacio comparte nuestro compromiso con el poder transformativo de la comida y comunica su pasión con excepcional claridad y talento instintivo. Un día en Panamá cenando en un restaurante muy fino, al día siguiente dando una conferencia en un festival gastronómico en Santiago. Un par de días de regreso en casa, Perú, para cruzar el desierto y enseñar en Pachacutec –su proyecto en conjunto con el chef Gastón Acurio

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