When Jo Zander, owner of Holy Cacao, speaks of his home high in the Hebron Hills, he calls it the "Napa Valley of Israel." At first glance across the windswept plain overlooking the Dead Sea, one may not immediately see the connection.
Jo explains that this area of Judea is verdant, growing fruits that are flavorful and delicious; pomegranate and cherries, (which find their way into Holy Cacao creations) wine grapes, and olives. It is the difficult growing conditions that these plants face that causes them to produce luscious fruits.
Life for the settlers is much the same; the challenges faced by the pioneers are what make re-establishing Jewish homes in this ancient homeland so sweet. Jo knew that he was home the first time that he drove into the small settlement of Maale Chever. A man of deep beliefs, he speaks with gratitude about living and raising his family not far from where his biblical ancestor, Abraham, opened his tent to travelers.