|Cacao growing outside of Tiquisate, Guatemala|
There, on the tree. That football shaped, greenish fruit growing out of the trunk or branch. That's it. That's a cacao pod. That is where chocolate comes from.
I remember seeing it for the first time when I was nine years old, and thinking it was the strangest thing - stuck there on the side of the trunk.
But, oh, how I love chocolate! Jor Man went through a phase a couple of years ago when he was very interested in making chocolate. We tried it, and failed miserably. It didn't even taste good.
I asked my cousin, while we were in Guatemala, to get us one so that the kids could see for themselves where chocolate comes from. He got us two!! These were yellow (ripe?).
We played with them a bit, first, of course. And then we cut them open.
|Campster and Sher Bear playing with the cacao pods|
Pretty much every kid I know has smelled unsweetened cocoa powder, or unsweetened baker's chocolate and taken a taste. Horrible bitter stuff! Well, straight cacao beans make that seem yummy!
|What the cacao beans look like raw|
Wish you were here!