The Anamalai farm is a cocoa, coconut, and nutmeg farm located in a region of India known for its high quality coconuts. Harish Manoj and Karthi Palaniswamy, who own and operate Anamalai, have diversified their coconut palms with cocoa and nutmeg trees to keep the land healthy. They manage their water use with drip irrigation and keep a small herd of cows for weeding and manure compost. The cocoa is fermented in 5 tiers of wood boxes and sun dried on raised beds. While the majority of the harvest is processed for export, a small portion goes to Harish and Karthi’s local line of bean to bar chocolates, which they are producing to keep up with India’s growing demand for craft chocolate.
Cacao was introduced to India around 1948 by Cadbury. To this day Majority of cacao produced in India heads to the company that owns Cadbury. However, despite the size of India, its cacao production remains small representing only 0.3% of the world’s production.
Sourced from: Meridian Cacao
Ingredients: Cacao Beans