Cacao from Davao gains heirloom status
Davao-based Puentespina Farms is now among the 16 Heirloom cacao growers worldwide that are recognized by the Heirloom Cacao Preservation (HCP), an initiative of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association founded in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Services.
Puentespina Farms is the manufacturer of the world-renowned Malagos Chocolates.
US-based HCP, on the other hand, aims to “identify and preserve fine flavor cacao varieties for the conservation of biological diversity and the empowerment of farming communities.”
Charita Puentespina, founder of Puentespina Farms, said the farm was the 16th recipient of the international distinction.
Other heirloom farmers were from Bolivia, Ecuador, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Tanzania, and Madagascar.
“We are elated to be part of this very small group of farmers who have been given this designation as Heirloom Cacao,” she said.
Puentespina’s beans underwent an extensive evaluation by HCP’s tasting panel before its heirloom status was announced in San Francisco on January 12, 2019.
According to HCP, the chocolate was praised for its flavor, low acidity and “touch of fruits.”