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#1 of 4 Old 05-08-2007, 01:37 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I noticed that Rose Mountain Herbs sells both the raw beans and nibs, and the beans are slightly cheaper. What is a nib, anyway? Is there any nutritional difference between the two?
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I think the nibs have the "shell" removed already.... I don't know if they taste any different.
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Both the beans and nibs are shelled but the beans still have the peel on them (like the skin on a peanut). The nibs are peeled and sometimes lightly crushed. The skin on the bean is supposedly edible, but if you don't like the skin, I would recommend getting the nibs. I got whole beans once and I still have a bunch since they were a pain to peel. I gave up and ground them up skin and all in my coffee grinder when I used them.
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Aha, I see you guys are right. Found this on a site that sells cacao nibs:

Normally, one could peel cacao beans before eating them...now we've done it for you! "Cacao Nibs" (or Cacao Pieces) are peeled raw/organic Cacao Beans.
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