Most of the Peruvian territory stands out for its Jungle area—part of the Amazon rainforest. This magical land is surrounded by incredible nature, in which the Ashaninkas lives, a Peruvian ethnic group the means “person” or “peasants.” Its existence is pre-Inca, nevertheless, during the Inca empire, they had a cultural and commercial exchange between the Ashaninka community, dominated by the Arawak language, and the Andean community. They are known for their values like union and respect, also, for their ancestor’s customs. Hunting, fishing, and agriculture were meaningful activities for its economy. Nowadays, a lot of Ashaninkas families cultivate coffee, cacao and, achiote for a living. One of their most important principles is respect to nature and people. They don’t believe in violence, but education is considered essential to progress. Moreover, they strongly believe in shamans known as “sheripiari” who can communicate with the forest, mountains, lakes, and rivers.
Kemito is the name of this chocolate that means “cacao” in the Arawak language. The Ashaninka community created an association in 2010 called "Kemito ENE and Care" where they drive different activities and projects that allow spreading the production of cacao in communities that surround the Ene river. It is imperative to mention that this community located in the Junin region has cultivated cacao for about 100 years, yet still, the production was rudimentary, and it wasn't oriented to a specific market. This chocolate bar has cacao from the Ashaninkas cultivation which has fruity and nuts notes with a sweet taste.
Cocoa paste (75%) (Theobroma cacao L.), cocoa butter, and sugar
- Consume directly accompany with fruits, cheese, wine, or pisco.
- Keep in cool dry place at temperatures between 62 °F–68 °F (18 °C–20°C).
- High-quality chocolate bar
In 2019, this chocolate bar won a silver medal in the International Chocolate Awards in Peru.