First farm visit this year
The family of a small farmer from the Winhac Union lives in a dispersed community in the upper part of Ecuador's Napo province, surrounded by pristine rainforest.
The Ariva cacao they grow does not bear fruit all year round, and due to the rhythm of nature, the flowers begin to bloom from September to October.
Four months later, the first fruit changed from green to yellow, indicating ripeness.
This beautiful yellow fruit is the beginning of the fine and fragrant Mamano chocolate.
Check the condition of the fruit
We went to the community to see if we could find the first ripe fruit of the year.
Interestingly, the high-altitude areas were not yet ripe, but the farmers who lived at the foot of the hot hills were already ripe.
Share information with farmers
We visited most communities and tried to get farmers to tell others.
This allows each farmer to hand over the freshly harvested cocoa directly to the Winhac Union (the role of making cocoa pulp into high quality, high quality scented cocoa through post-harvest processes such as fermentation and drying) on their farms. increase.
Start of cocoa buying 2022.
The small farmers families of the Wiñak association are living in dispersed communities in the upper region of the Napo province of Ecuador, surrounded by nature and untouched rainforest. The Arriba cocoa they cultivate is not giving fruits the whole year, it’s natural rhythm is to start flowering around September and October. Four months later the first fruits are changing its color from green to yellow, showing us that they are ripe.
This beautiful yellow fruit is the beginning of the fine and aromatic Mamano-chocolate.
We went out to visit the communities and to observe, if we can find the first ripe fruits of this year. It was very interesting to see, that the higher situated communities did not have ripe fruits yet but the farmers living more on the foot of the hills, where the climate is hotter, did already have ripe fruits.
We tried to go to the majority to the communities and told the farmers to tell the others so they will be waiting with their freshly harvested cocoa to sell it directly in their farms to hand it over to Wiñak where a cautious and experienced post harvest process will transform the pulpy beans into high quality fine and aromatic cocoa.