Cacao beans are the seeds of an Amazonian fruiting tree (theobroma cacao Ã¯Â¾ meaning "The Food of the Gods") and source of all chocolate and cocoa products. The Mexican Mayan kings drank up to 30 pure chocolate drinks a day to maintain their vigour and valued the bean so highly that it was used as money. These raw Beans are from the best tasting premium criollo variety. Raw Cacao products are a source of beta-carotene, amino acids (protein), Omega-3 EFA's, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulphur, potassium, and one of the best food sources of muscle relaxing, stress relieving magnesium Ã¯Â¾ now you know why women crave chocolate every month! Peel (optional) then eat as is, lightly roast (optional) and grind with coffee, or crush and add to smoothies, icecream, muesli, cookie batter or trail mix, or substitute in dessert recipes for chocolate chips.