Criollo cocoa beans are very recognizable in their appearance and taste. The pod of a plant of this variety is slightly longish and, when ripe, has a rich red color. If in other cheaper varieties the bitterness characteristic of cocoa is well traced together with a sour aftertaste, then Criollo gives a rich, but at the same time very soft, pleasant chocolate taste.
It should also be noted that it is "Criollo" that is the progenitor of all subsequently bred cocoa varieties. It was the locals who proposed it to the Europeans, who first set foot on American soil. Criollo is quite capricious to grow and prone to infections, but it's worth it.
These cocoa beans are, without exaggeration, the tastiest and healthiest. They are a real storehouse of vitamins and antioxidants (over 230!). Regular consumption of "Criollo" beans has a pronounced rejuvenating effect.