I, Chef Jack, Bordin Charoenpongchai, the founder of Larna House, have a passion for chocolate since I was in college.
I am convinced that Thailand is a great place for agriculture and locates in the same latitude as the countries in which cacao can grow. So why can't we grow and make cacao that is the original source of Chocolate?
The story of chocolate had never been so clear in my mind while I was building my chocolate cake business, I talked to a lot of outbound people and was amazed that they heard and felt like cacao might have been in their backyard since they were little. My curiosity is why those cacao trees have not been well known? People who were brought up among cacao trees in Thailand don't even know what those trees are.
Thai cacao has hidden in the rubble, pineapple, longan, rambutan, and many other fruits' trees for more than 50 years. Because its hard shell and the complexity of the process make these pods seal the secret. Not many people know that pods keep innumerable kinds of nutrition.
"Cacao contains over 300 compounds: protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, magnesium, and etc. Magnesium helps to build strong bones and is a muscle relaxant associated with calmness. Cacao is also high in sulfur, which helps form strong hair and nails." *
Cacao is one of the best anti-aging sources. The raw cocoa powder contains 95,500 ORAC per 100 grams or about 40 times more than blueberries!! Isn't that AMAZING?? So please don't feel guilty when you eat cacao. Just try to consume it RAW!
Luckily that this "Food of God" is available in Thailand, our beloved country. Plants which grow in each country are suitable for people of that country. That is one of the reasons why THAI people are supposed to consume Thai chocolate. If you have tried Thai chocolate that is derived from the single-origin in Thailand, you would have noticed the difference of chocolate from this source. Since Thai cacao is grown among other types of fruits, it absorbs the nutrition and goodness of all the plants around it. Hence, Thai cacao is so rich and complex in taste; you can feel a wide range of taste in your mouth once you eat RAW chocolate from Thailand. What a unique quality!
The journey has just begun. There will always be more to discover and more to see. In the next chapter, I will tell you all about where cacao is grown in Thailand and how hard the chocolate is extracted from the cacao pod.
Please stay tuned! Thank you! :)
"Thailand Chocolate Journey Part 1" - Journey inspiration