All of the cacao trees and beans in the Marañón Canyon grow organically and have for centuries. To multiply Fortunato No. 4 trees, we use a process called cloning. It begins with fresh, wet cacao beans. These beans are from trees that canyon farmers know grow superior root systems. These beans are planted in sand for sprouting. Each sprout is then planted in an individual container and placed in our nursery and the root system and plant grows for several months. Next, the top of the plant is cut off and discarded. A small branch is taken from the mother tree, Fortunato No. 4, and grafted on top of the root system plant. When the grafted tree is mature and producing pods, all the beans above the graft will be Pure Nacional, like their mother, Fortunato No. 4.
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