Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Having a cook up next to the river
We have the Chinese Convention coming up this weekend, so we took it as a good opportunity to go to the Oriente to invite the Chinese in some smaller cities. Half the group went to Loja and Zamora, but Damaris and I went with Jenny to stay with her Grandparents (about 6 hours away from Cuenca). We visited Sucua and Maccas and had some good success.
The next day we went to a Cacao plantation with Jenny's family - a real highlight. I think I've found my dream job because this is where CHOCOLATE comes from. When you open the pod, the beans are covered in slimy white flesh which you can suck on (it tastes kind of tangy, sweet and delicious)
So you put the beans in a bucket and let it ferment, then dry the seeds. These particular beans go to Germany to make organic chocolate. Heres a short video of the process.