Meet Don Jorge: The Grower Behind Our Plantains

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Our plantain chips wouldn’t be possible without the farmers who grow plantains in the Colombian region of Quindío. If you’re anything like us, you like to learn about who’s behind the food you eat, so occasionally we’ll bring you stories of the people who help make our products a reality.

Don Jorge Agudelo owns the farm where all the plantains used for our snacks grow. He’s 80 and has been growing plantains for 50 years. Meet him in this video and watch him show us how to plant a plantain tree.

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We Love Plantains, Let Us Count the Ways

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We all have them: Foods that trigger childhood memories or take us back to a special place and time. For Colombians and other Central and South Americans, those dishes of their childhood and homeland include plantains, whether fried green into a delicious, crispy tostón or baked ripe into sweet, soft, caramelized goodness.

Why do we love them so? Here are five reasons we can’t get enough of them.

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Redefining Healthy Snacking

Hello and welcome to Artisan Tropic’s blog. In this new space, we’ll share our best stories with you. From recipes to product updates and behind-the-scenes looks at how our products are made and where they come from, you’ll find it here every week. But this really isn’t about us. Community is a big part of what Artisan Tropic stands for and we want you to join in the conversation, so feel free to share your comments here, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and stay in touch.

A little about us

You may be wondering who we are. We are the Guzmans. Our family of four moved from Bogotá, Colombia to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1994. In 2011, our daughter fell very ill. Many opinions and treatments later, we still didn’t know what was wrong so we took her to a holistic nutritionist who recommended some drastic dietary changes. Her body began to heal. From this experience, we learned the importance of whole food nutrition and became passionate about eating healthy. So passionate, that we launched our own line of healthy snacks.

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