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Sweets from South America

By Paige Brady, November 15, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady


My last blog entry was extolling the virtues of Sacha Inchi and how this unique food discovery came to be found in Whole Foods Market stores courtesy of our good friends Laurent and Thierry at the Brandstorm Company.  As promised, this time around I want to give a quick run down on the other nifty products in the TerrAmazon line.  As I mentioned, there are quite a few products that involve cacao due to its ubiquitous nature in South America.  The TerrAmazon cacao is certified USDA Organic and derived from a rare variety of cacao called Criollo, which is less bitter and more aromatic than other species of cacao.  The single ingredient cacao products include cacao powder and cacao nibs.

TerrAmazon Cacao Nibs

They also make products where cacao is added to other ingredients to create unique offerings like cacao nibs mixed with dried fruit for a tasty healthy snack.  The varieties include nibs with pineapple, nibs with raisins and coconut, nibs with macadamia nuts as well as nibs with Brazil nuts and coffee.  My favorites are the raisin and coconut and the pineapple.  The texture and sweetness of the dried fruits balance off the earthy qualities of the nibs. On the functional foods side, they also have a cacao powder mixed with Maca.  Never heard of Maca?  Maca is an herbaceous perennial crop grown in the central highlands of Peru at elevations of 12,000 feet and higher. The oldest recorded date of maca use in Peru is around 1600 b.c. and since then Peruvians have used maca root to promote mental acuity, physical vitality, endurance and stamina.  Together with the high antioxidants of the cacao powder, this product packs a big functional punch.

TerrAmazon Yacon SlicesRounding out the TerrAmazon line are two USDA Organic Yacon products: Yacon syrup and dried yacon.  Yacon is another cutting edge product you may not have heard of.  It’s a plant that is indigenous to the Andean Region of South America.  The syrup is derived from the roots of the plant, and is a good source of antioxidants.  It’s glucose-free, does not increase blood sugar levels and boasts a very low glycemic index.  Yacon syrup is most often compared to molasses or honey in taste, with a deep and rich flavor. It easily substitutes for most sweeteners in recipes, and can be used to sweeten beverages . The dried yacon is reminiscent in flavor of dried melon, is a natural source of dietary fiber and is a natural probiotic. Let’s see…last blog we talked about the story behind the products and introduced you to Sacha Inchi.   This time we described all the products in the TerrAmazon line…now all that’s left is for y’all to get out and try the products…what are you waiting for?




Joanna says ...
i saw these babies at whole foods but they were pretty expensive. i would need to know my recipe before i bought a bag. they look yummy though.
11/15/2008 6:53:41 PM CST
Wholygirl says ...
In this day of depleting fuel, and dwindling resources - does importing food from Peru to our tables in America make any sense? This seems the grossest of wastefulness. There are plenty of local Californian farmers who produce magnificent local foods, and those make more economic and ecological sense. It seems that if your company actually cares about the environment that you would not promote foods from so far away - foods that come at a premium in cost and which waste so many resources. As for sustaining other cultures - a quick study of any social study will show that where 1st world nations export crops from sustainable indigenous communities - those communities are subject to rapid social change - often unstable - and a reduction of their ability to be self-sustaining. In other words - buy and shop locally. I think your store has an obligation to reveal the true costs of exportation - and reveal the many subsidies that make food appear to be cheaper - when in fact - it costs much much more. Oil is used for plastic to package, for the machined which manufacture the packaging and the foods themselves, it is used to transport the product from farm to production plant, from plant to storage, from storage to port, from port to port, port to warehouse, from warehouse to store, and then from that store to the consumer's home. Doesn't this seem wasteful to you? We can no longer afford to do business this way. It is not sustainable, rational, or sane. I will not buy any of these products and I will encourage others not to do as well. I do not see your stores as anything but a vast indulgence in consumerism. You are no more noble than Working Assets. Sincerely, An ex-customer.
11/18/2008 1:12:23 PM CST
Michelle says ...
About buying locally - that might be feasible if you live in California. But I live in Pennsylvania. Our agriculture and economy have developed here such that if I tried to live through the winter on what was grown, harvested and sold here spring through fall - I would starve. Try to eat your way through winter on Pennsylvania's bounty: I cannot eat wheat or other gluten-rich foods. Corn is a simple carb and hard to digest. Tomatoes and potatoes are nightshades and a bad staple around which to plan a winter-long diet. I don't know anyone who mills acorns into flower. Venison over-consumption can lead to lead poisoning because of the lead in the ammunition. I doubt our rivers have enough fish to feed our modern-sized population. We don't have greenhouses set up to produce fresh vegetables and greens throughout winter. I suppose I could eat a lot of local factory-farmed chicken and eggs, but if all Pennsylvanians did that, it would drive up the prices out of my price-range. Do I spend three months eating dried fruits, chestnuts and squash? Problems with globalization, including colonization, imperialism and the spread of disease, have existed for over hundreds of years. You're not going to put that genie back into the bottle. How about acknowledging the benefits of of living in what is, after all, a small world, and getting together with folks from around the world to address the shortcomings of the way we currently conduct the business of being curious, adventurous, hungry humans?
12/28/2008 3:35:20 PM CST
Nazeno says ...
Wholygirl, did you not see that Maca only grows at 12,000 feet or above, in extreme conditions. Where can it be grown in California?????? I need Maca, it balances my hormones, not just my reproductive hormones but ALL OF THEM. Its an adaptogen. Its a gift from our awesome creator, but IT DOES NOT GROW IN THE U.S. Please dont bash importing fabulous nutrients from other countries, we cant grow everything. BTW, orgasms on Maca are wonderful as it also helps the libido. Can you tell I love Maca?
12/30/2008 11:51:49 PM CST
Toney says ...
This comment is for Nazeno posted on December 30th Where can I import/purchase Maca?. I would love to try it. Thanks Toney
01/06/2009 9:26:24 AM CST
Nazeno says ...
why Wholefoods of course! It is available along with soy free chocolate, shredded coconut, xylitol & chia seeds. Mix together (with an egg) & get yummy maca brownies.
01/15/2009 4:23:08 PM CST
Mark Franklin says ...
Want maca email me and I will send you great information.
10/10/2009 9:07:23 PM CDT
LInda says ...
I am having trouble finding the syrup in a store in the Denver/Bouder area. Does anyone know where I can find this? If this available from a farm in the US even better.
03/11/2014 7:22:45 PM CDT
Steve King says ...
Is yacon better in the chip form or the liquid form? Or does it depend on what you're using it for?
04/29/2014 2:11:22 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@STEVE - It really depends on what you're using it for. If you're following a recipe then I would suggest following the details on the recipe!
04/29/2014 2:53:11 PM CDT
Gail Castro says ...
Does this line carry frozen cassava/manioc/yucca flesh?
06/02/2014 9:48:52 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@GAIL - Since we do not manufacture this line, I would suggest reaching out to TerrAmazon directly to see what types of products they have in stock. You can find info on their site at well at http://www.terramazon.com/eng/index.html.
06/03/2014 2:40:47 PM CDT
Rita Luis says ...
All I want to know is if you whole foods sells or carries YACON SYRUP
01/27/2016 8:52:10 PM CST