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CHoCoLaTe TREE ____The flesh is eaten as a dessert, & the seeds are the raw material of commercial chocolate. Hot chocolate can be made by drying the seeds, roasting, grinding, & adding milk.

Cacao!  Also known as Baba Fruit or Spanish for "spit" - quite the humble beginnings of chocolate.

Inside of a cacao pod is baba fruit, and at the center is a cacao bean, which where we get cocoa butter (and chocolate:)

cacao pod

P I N T E R E S T: Kgsobott ✨🔭 🍫 - Raw Cacao fruit at the start of its journey to becoming chocolate as we know it.

Cocoa -- the antioxidant concentration in cocoa was the highest: almost two times stronger than red wine, 2–3 times stronger than green tea, and 4–5 times stronger than that of black tea.

Assorted cacao fruits on the tree -- Theobroma cacao -- also cacao tree and cocoa tree, is a small ft tall, evergreen tree in the family Malvaceae, native to the deep tropical region of the Americas. Its seeds are used to make cocoa powder and chocolate

Fruit of the Gods. Chocolate.

How Chocolate Works

Cocoa Tree Theobroma Cacao L Tropical Fruit Tree. Yes! This is exactly what was across the street from us in Costa Rica.

Cocoa (Cacao) Fruit on Tree, Kalitakir Plantation, Kalibaru, Java, Indonesia Photographic Print by Ian Trower at AllPosters.com

Cocoa (Cacao) Fruit on Tree, Kalitakir Plantation, Kalibaru, Java, Indonesia

Cocoa (Cacao) Fruit on Tree, Kalitakir Plantation, Kalibaru, Java, Indonesia

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