Plantations are shaded by mainly banana trees

Plantations are shaded by mainly banana trees

Ghana cocoa beans in the shipping yard bunkers.

Ghana cocoa beans in the shipping yard bunkers.

The cocoa beans drying in the sun.

The cocoa beans drying in the sun.

Hybrid cocoa flowers. So elegant. They look like tiny orchids smaller than your little finger nail. A flower must be fertilized to produce a tree will produce around 20 pods from 3000 flowers. The flowers are fertilized by midges.

Hybrid cocoa flowers. So elegant. They look like tiny orchids smaller than your little finger nail. A flower must be fertilized to produce a tree will produce around 20 pods from 3000 flowers. The flowers are fertilized by midges.

Cocoa pods grow on the trunks of the Theobroma Cacao tree. How pretty are they!!

Cocoa pods grow on the trunks of the Theobroma Cacao tree. How pretty are they!!

Cocoa beans in storage ready to sail across the world.

Cocoa beans in storage ready to sail across the world.

Cocoa beans ready to be shipped from Ghana to the world.

Cocoa beans ready to be shipped from Ghana to the world.

Cocoa beans in the shipping yard. I absolutely live this photo I took!

Cocoa beans in the shipping yard. I absolutely live this photo I took!

Counting the cocoa beans

Counting the cocoa beans


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Unripe cocoa pods are purple/deep red and green. When they ripen up the pods turn golden yellow/orange. I just think they're stunning.

Unripe cocoa pods are purple/deep red and green. When they ripen up the pods turn golden yellow/orange. I just think they're stunning.

Inside the flesh around the bean tastes like a cross between banana, mangosteen and kiwi fruit I thought. Yumm!!

Inside the flesh around the bean tastes like a cross between banana, mangosteen and kiwi fruit I thought. Yumm!!

Cocoa pods grow on the trunks of the Theobroma Cacao tree. How pretty are they!!

Cocoa pods grow on the trunks of the Theobroma Cacao tree. How pretty are they!!

Cocoa tree, and pods | Brazil.........................................................................................................WHY NOT MAKE YOUR OWN CHOCOLATE ?? Using the seed from the cocoa plant above, (same as choc is made from), here is the recipe - it can be low GI - suitable for weight watchers, or diabetics - : http://johnsyummyrecipes.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/choc-recipe.html

Cocoa tree, and pods | Brazil.........................................................................................................WHY NOT MAKE YOUR OWN CHOCOLATE ?? Using the seed from the cocoa plant above, (same as choc is made from), here is the recipe - it can be low GI - suitable for weight watchers, or diabetics - : http://johnsyummyrecipes.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/choc-recipe.html

TCHO, San Francisco:   TCHO makes chocolates to evoke different flavor notes, like citrusy or fruity. Like many chocolate companies, it buys beans from Ghana, where the state-run cocoa industry can make it hard for companies to trace beans to the source. But TCHO recently formed partnerships to work directly with farmers, aiming for better cacao and more money for growers. tcho.com.

Healthy Dessert Recipes: Chocolate

TCHO, San Francisco: TCHO makes chocolates to evoke different flavor notes, like citrusy or fruity. Like many chocolate companies, it buys beans from Ghana, where the state-run cocoa industry can make it hard for companies to trace beans to the source. But TCHO recently formed partnerships to work directly with farmers, aiming for better cacao and more money for growers. tcho.com.

2014 World Calendar: religious holidays and cultural festivals from around the world. from Kid World Citizen

2016-17 Diversity Calendar: Holidays from Around the World

2014 World Calendar: religious holidays and cultural festivals from around the world. from Kid World Citizen

A Balloon for Grandad

A Balloon for Grandad

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