“Asheville [North Carolina] is becoming as much Bean City as Beer City USA.” In an August 9th article, the Asheville Scene spotlighted an emerging trend in the chocolate world: small-batch, artisan methods of production. At the forefront of this revolution is Theresa Green, Ulimana’s very own founder and CEO.
While many of the newer chocolatiers in downtown Asheville roast their beans, Ulimana does not. Instead, their raw chocolate truffles are made from beans that are dried naturally by the sun in exotic locations like Peru, Ecuador and Bali.
Founded seven years ago, Ulimana was the first raw chocolate company in Asheville. Despite selling its products all over the country and earning the attention of celebrities, Ulimana still remains true to its roots. “We consider ourselves to be a local company,” said Theresa. “We have a big following here in Asheville.”
Why the big following? Ulimana’s raw truffles contain phenylethylamine (PEA), the “joy molecule.” It is found naturally and can give you an easy lift when your body is low on PEA. Chocolate, in other words, does a body and a brain good. In Theresa’s words, “It works on a psychoactive level.”
Here’s to your health.