Meet Marta Lucia: A Strong Mother

    DSC_0007With Mother’s Day right around the corner we wanted to thank the women who work at the plant where our snacks are made. They employ mostly women, many of them mothers. It’s thanks to these women, who carefully hand peel and package our snacks that you’re able to enjoy them here. We would love for you to meet all of them but for this occasion we spoke to Marta Lucia Montoya Perez, a 49-year-old mom of five. Her eldest passed away; the other four range in age from 17 to 32.

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    Five Cassava Recipes You’ll Love

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    We talk a lot about plantains around here but not so much about yuca (cassava). And that’s just not fair because our cassava strips are just as popular as our plantain strips and we love cooking with cassava as well. As we wrote in an earlier post, yuca is a nutritious root vegetable free of nightshades. It’s versatile and can be used in many recipes as a substitute for potatoes. Cassava flour is also wonderful to make baked goods, from bread to cookies. Here are five recipes we think you’ll love.

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    Jessi’s Kitchen BBQ Chicken Plantain Nachos

    Jessi's Kitchen BBQ Chicken Plantain Nachos
    Photo by Jessi’s Kitchen

    One of the greatest things about having a food business is seeing people — from kids to food bloggers — enjoying our snacks. What’s even more exciting is seeing how people eat our snacks in unique ways. We shared some of our personal favorites in our last post, but this week we wanted to share this wonderful recipe that Jessi over at Jessi’s Kitchen created with Artisan Tropic plantain strips.

    Jessi took nachos and just substituted the corn chips with plantain strips. When we saw it, it got us thinking: why didn’t we think of that? Jessi’s plantain nachos are loaded with delicious toppings and, as she writes on her blog, she paired them with a homemade, tangy BBQ sauce that is the perfect pairing to the natural sweetness of the plantains.

    Check out Jessi’s BBQ Chicken Plantain Nachos recipe here.

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    Four Unique Ways To Eat Plantain Chips

    Plantain chips are wonderful right out of the bag, but there are so many other ways to enjoy them beyond dipping them in mayo or guac. Here are four unique ways to enjoy your chips. Give them a try!

    1. Sprinkle Them On Salads

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    We love this idea by our friends at Barefoot Provisions, an online market of primal and paleo foods. Crush plantain chips, sprinkle on your favorite salad. Voila!

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    5 Healthy Snacks To Take On An Airplane

    travelsnacksSpring Break is around the corner and we’re packing our bags to travel to Colombia. High on our packing list are snacks for the plane. Let’s face it: airports don’t have the greatest food. Healthy options are slim and prices are high so we prefer to pack our own. Here are five snacks we love that are perfect for air travel. They’re convenient, easy to pack, not too messy and not bad for you.

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    Artisan Tropic’s Guide to Armenia, Colombia

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    We’re getting ready to travel to Armenia, the city in Colombia where our snacks are made, to work on our gluten-free certification. Armenia is the capital of the Colombian department of Quindío. We love it for its beautiful shades of green thanks to its diverse vegetation and a magical climate that stays pretty close to 70 degrees year-round. Part of Colombia’s coffee-growing region (eje cafetero), the area is rich in fertile soil so aside from coffee; plantains, yuca and guadua (a type of bamboo) also grow there.

    It’s a beautiful city and while it’s not one that people often think about when planning a trip to Colombia, it’s a great starting point for exploring Colombia’s coffee-growing region. We put together a small guide for those considering a visit to Armenia and its surrounding areas. Here are our top picks.

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    Why We Use Sustainable Palm Oil

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    If you’re familiar with Artisan Tropic snacks, you know that we use sustainable palm oil to crisp our plantain and yucca strips. It’s one of three ingredients or less that we use in our snacks and one that we take great care to source.

    Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil extracted from the fruit of the oil palms. According to the International Institute of Sustainable Development, palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world today. What makes it so attractive? Palm oil has many benefits. It has the perfect balance of fatty acids, which makes it stable for cooking at high temperatures unlike some other vegetable oils, which can become unstable when heated. Palm oil is also cholesterol free and since it doesn’t require hydrogenation, it’s also trans-fat free.

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    Thank You

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    We’ve mentioned it before: without you, our supporters and fans, our products wouldn’t be here. So, thank you.

    Thank you for supporting our small company, our products and our family.

    Thank you for believing in us, for loving our products, and sharing them with your friends and family.

    Thank you for being our customers.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    ~ The Artisan Tropic Family

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