Are you looking for a trustworthy cocoa wholesaler? At Naturell-ab, we offer a range of carob and cocoa products, including different types of organic cocoa powder, carob powder and cocoa butter. Our versatile products have many applications. You can check out our full range of products below.
Cocoa is extracted from the dried and fermented seed of the Theobroma cacao tree; these seeds are called cocoa beans. It is cocoa that is the basis for chocolate and lots of other delicious goods.
Carob powder is made by grinding the dried pods of the Mediterranean evergreen tree and can be used as an alternative to cocoa powder. Both ingredients are packed with goodness and have many applications in the kitchen.
The origins of cocoa and carob
The history of carob is complex; although it has been cultivated in the Mediterranean since the late 1800s, it dates as far back as Ancient Egypt. Cocoa, however, was first cultivated in ancient South America and was introduced to Europe during the Age of Exploration. It wasn’t until the 1850s that it started being mass-produced after the introduction of steam-powered machines.
Our cocoa products are largely cultivated in Europe, although our cocoa butter comes from Ghana. For example, our organic cocoa powder comes from The Netherlands and Italy, and our carob powder comes from Spain.
The health benefits of organic cocoa and carob
We often associate cocoa with chocolate and desserts, which we understand must be eaten in moderation as they can be unhealthy. However, cocoa and carob are actually packed with nutrients and have a whole range of health benefits.
Organic cocoa powder
Organic cocoa powder has tons of benefits, including reducing inflammation or lowering the risk of heart disease. It can also contribute to a stronger immune system and better muscle and nerve functions. Best of all, if you’re feeling sad or low, cocoa powder can be a huge mood booster – and not just because chocolate tastes delicious.
Organic carob powder
Organic carob powder has twice the amount of calcium as cocoa, making it better for bone health. It is also high in fibre and a good source of antioxidants. The compounds in carob can aid weight loss, reduce blood sugar and insulin levels and even help to lower cholesterol levels. It is gluten, caffeine and fat-free, making it a healthier alternative to cocoa.
Uses of cocoa and carob
As we’ve said, there are lots of ways that organic cocoa and carob powder can be used; the same also applies to cocoa butter, cocoa nibs and our other cocoa products.
Carob power can be added to smoothies, yoghurt or ice cream to add flavour as well as boost nutritional value. It can also be added to batter or dough for the same effect, used in baking and desserts, and finally added to hot drinks.
Of course, organic cocoa powder can serve many of the same functions as carob, particularly when used in baking or added to hot drinks or smoothies. Cocoa nibs can be a welcome addition to oatmeal, trail mixes and granola for a healthy snack. Finally, cocoa butter can be used in many cosmetics and skincare products.
Depending on the nature of your business, you may not be cooking with these goods. These organic ingredients can also be sold as they come in refill and health food stores, particularly products like cocoa nibs and powder. And buying from a cocoa wholesaler like Naturell-ab means you can have enough carob or cocoa products for all your business needs.
Our cocoa products
If you need carob and cocoa products in bulk, but you also want to choose conscious ingredients, Naturell-ab is the cocoa wholesaler for you.
All our products are cultivated using sustainable practices. Our farmers make sure the trees grow in the right conditions and that they pay mind to protecting the soil and avoid the use of any nasty fertilisers or pesticides.
So, for organic cocoa and carob products that are better for the planet, check out our full product range or get in touch with our friendly team today for more information.