The low waste revolution of the cacaofruit
From cacaofruit to cacaofruit concentrate
The journey of the cacaofruit starts in the tropical regions around the Equator on farms where the cacaofruit trees grow. Once ripe, the colourful fruits are harvested by hand, cleaned and opened to remove the seeds (beans) from the fresh white pulp.
The seeds are then used to make delicious chocolate after they are fermented and dried. Traditionally, the cacaofruit seeds were used for chocolate, meaning that 70% of the fruit was completely discarded. Now, thanks to Cabosse Naturals, the cacaofruit cascara, which accounts for 45% of the complete cacaofruit, is dried and ground into a fine nutritious flour.
The cacaofruit pulp is quickly pressed into juice to preserve the fresh aromas of the fruit. Afterwards the cacaofruit juice is filtered, gently pasteurized and concentrated to obtain the cacaofruit juice concentrate.
Using the entire Cacaofruit
Cabosse Naturals has developed a low waste supply chain to guarantee complete, 100% usage of the rich and nutritious cacaofruit. Each year, about 14 million tons of cacaofruits are harvested around the world. Whereas previously 70% of the cacaofruit was thrown away (as much as 10 million tons), now not only its seeds (beans) but also the dried peel and the fresh and juicy pulp can be used.
This revolutionary process turns what is usually discarded into high quality, delicious and 100% natural cacaofruit ingredients: