The Magical Story of Marañon

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

In 2007, two men, Dan Pearson and Brian Horsley were sourcing fruit in Peru’s Marañón Canyon when they accidentally happened upon cacao trees growing in a remote horseshoe-shaped canyon surrounded by 6,000-feet canyon walls.

Upon opening the pods, they discovered that there were both white and purple beans inside, which struck them as rare and led them to send samples to the USDA for genetic testing.

As their (and ultimately our) luck would have it, the USDA confirmed that these two adventurers had accidentally re-discovered a rare Pure Nacional cacao variety, which had been tragically wiped out by disease and thought to be extinct.