October 6th, 2011
Chocolate, Delightful Protagonist Of The 6th Festival of Life and Dead Traditions At Xcaret, Cancun- Riviera Maya!!
Chocolate, A Delightful Protagonist Of The 6th Festival of Life and Dead Traditions At Xcaret, Cancun- Riviera Maya!!
Delighting yourself with a delicious cup of real chocolate at the Riviera Maya is one of the most attractive reasons to attend to the 6th Festival of Life and Dead Traditions at Xcaret, as Tabasco, the land of cocoa, is the guest state to this great celebration of the Day of the Dead.
The ancient Mexicans knew the nutritional value of cocoa and held it in such high esteem that it was also used as currency. In fact, the tlatoani Moctezuma, the Mexican emperor, required part of their taxes in cocoa beans.
In Mexico, the cocoa plant growth throughout the warm zone of the country, from Tabasco, to Michoacan, Colima, Chiapas and Campeche. In fact, the Olmec from Tabasco were the first to include cocoa as a sacred beverage in their rituals, three thousand of years ago!
The way of make chocolate was inherited to the Maya and Aztecs, so when the Spaniards arrived, “xocolatl” was sophisticated drink, not just ceremonial, but exclusive of the aristocracy. It was prepared with water, wild honey and vanilla.
The chocolate available in stores has a low percentage of cocoa and a very high sugar and other ingredients. The Haciendas cacaoteras (cacao plantations) of Tabasco preserve the tradition of growing cacao and, in this ocassion, in the 6th Festival of Life and Dead Traditions at Xcaret, They allow us to enjoy the taste of chocolate as the ancient Mexican made it.
Are you coming to the 6th Festival of Life and Dead Traditions at Xcaret? Then you can not miss the opportunity to discover how to make a cup of traditional chocolate and share with our friends of Tabasco the delicious flavor of its cuisine and its lively music. Remembering our dead ones is a cause for celebration, an excuse to share, so we’ll be glad to see you in the Riviera Maya, on this next Day of the Dead at Xcaret.
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