Why we LOVE Ramon Nut
When Brendan created his first formula for Raven Roast, he began with Chicory and roasted Dandelion, but felt it was missing that certain… magical something. He wanted to stand out against the standard blah coffee substitutes he had tried before. When he tried roasted Ramon nut for the first time, he knew right away that it was going to be the star of the show! Delicious and packed with nutrition, Breadnut is exactly that magical something he was looking for.
Ramon Nut: Rich in Flavor and Culture
Ramon has been used for centuries as a food and drink in Central America. Also called Breadnut or Maya nut, is a fruit seed and not a tree nut at all! While the fruit is sweet, the seed is bland when raw, sort of like a tiny potato. When roasted, however, it develops a rich complex flavor, similar to chocolate. Central Americans have been baking with Breadnut and brewing a coffee like beverage long before the Spaniards introduced coffee to the continent. As a core ingredient of Raven Roast, Ramon nut provides a fragrant and chocolaty note with a touch of bitterness that is strikingly coffee-esque.
Interest in this superfood has increased not only because of its flavor and nutritional value, but also its sustainable nature! Commonly grown around ancient Mayan cities, the trees can reach 150ft tall. Harvesting, processing and roasting the fruit seed provides reliable income to many Central American families. Breadnut is always wild harvested and places value on healthy standing forests. This limits logging and deforestation in vulnerable ecosystems. The fruit of the tree falls to the ground naturally, providing food for many native and migrating animal species in Central America. When the tree produces fruit, it overproduces to allow large amounts of animals to devour the fruit and seeds, so over harvesting is not a concern.
Brendan and I care about where our ingredients for Raven Roast come from and how they impact people, the Earth and communities. We ethically source our organic roasted Ramon nut from community led harvesting projects that benefit Guatemalan women and families in the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
As an added benefit, Ramon also happens to be wildly nutritious! It contains potassium, magnesium, folate, calcium and is high in B vitamins, Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants (wow!). Traditionally, it has been used as an herbal medicinal for arthritis, colitis, asthma, and a variety of reproductive issues. Scientific research is showing that Ramon nut is high in anti-inflammatory compounds. For those with nut allergies, roasted Ramon nut has been tested by the FDA and contains no allergens or toxic alkaloids. It is extremely low on the glycemic index and is great for diabetics and people on a low carb diet.
At Raven Roast, we value its high magnesium, potassium and calcium content, which coffee is known to deplete. We also love it’s high tryptophan content, which is a serotonin precursor that can reduce stress and help fight depressive moods.
Thanks for letting us share the amazing benefits of Ramon nut with you! This Raven Roast key ingredient is a sustainably harvested super food with outstanding flavor and impressive nutritional array. It is my personal favorite of the flavor notes used to make Raven Roast Cocoa Ramon and Mocha Mate shine compared to other coffee alternatives.
COMING SOON: A limited edition Chaga and Ramon nut blend! Stay tuned!
Rachelle at Raven Roast
PS: Did you miss our latest recipe for using Raven Roast in your home creations?