Cusco is in the heart of Peru's cocoa-growing region. Pic:

Guest post

Spotlight on chocolate in Peru

By Rachel Ricks

The coronavirus may have halted non-essential travel right now, but when the restrictions are lifted Peru is a go-to destination for cocoa lovers who have been missing their chocolate fix

Cocoa has been cultivated in Peru for almost 2,000 years. Pic: The Peru Cacao Alliance


Peru cocoa: a new journey

By Anthony Myers

It is well-known that indigenous people made cacao drinks from fermented beans as far back as 1900 BC, but these days, Peruvian cocoa has much more going for it than past claims, as the Peru Cacao and Chocolate Salon, which opens this week, will highlight.

Peruvian cocoa yields are on the rise and the country is poised to by a key cocoa exporter for the future

Peru to become top 10 cocoa exporter, says USDA

By Oliver Nieburg

Cocoa production in Peru is set to rise 5% in calendar year 2014 and increases in planting will see the country become a key cocoa exporter in the coming years, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).