To some people there’s no better expression of love than a home cooked meal. Food cooked with love, after all, feeds the soul. We believe it. Last month, Love’s Bloom, the non-profit organization we support, in partnership with Hands of Hope Ministry, started providing one warm, balanced meal per week to about 50 underprivileged kids in the Colombian city of Armenia. It’s one of several projects that we’ve supported through Love’s Bloom, and we wanted to tell you a little bit about them because we’re passionate about giving back to the community where our products are produced.
Welcome to our first Artisan Tropic staff Q&A, where you can learn a little more about the people behind our company and its products. First up, Maca, as she’s known among family and friends. She’s the inspiration behind Artisan Tropic.
While we were at Expo East a few weeks ago, we were excited to see how much people loved our cassava strips. Not that we didn’t think they’d love them, but we found that many people not familiar with this root vegetable were surprised by its resemblance to another more familiar tuber.
It’s like a potato chip, many told us.
But it’s yuca, we explained.
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.
Plantain chips are delicious on their own but they’re also great for dipping. Since ours are cut into strips, they’re the perfect vehicle to scoop up dips and sauces. We love to make these three dips at home. They’re delicious, healthy and so easy to make. Give them a try and tell us what you think.
PS: Try them with our yucca strips, too.
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.
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.