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.CACAO PODS (Theobroma Cacao) - The source for delicious chocolate. The word cacao comes from the Olmec people in what is now Mexico & is believed to be the closest pronunciation to the original name of the plant. Chocolate then changed hands from the Olmec to the Mayans to the Spanish. The word cacao is the only word ever used in hispanic languages to describe what English speakers call "cocoa," which is believed to have originated from a spelling mistake.

Big Island of Hawaii. Only state that makes chocolate via growing these cacao plants.

Believe it or not, this is "chocolate". It takes seven to 14 these cocoa pods to produce one pound of dry cocoa beans, which are used to create the sweet treat we know and love.

Cocoa pod with beans (actually it is the fruit with it's seeds). It takes seven to 14 these cocoa pods to produce one pound of dry cocoa beans, which are used to create the sweet treat we know and love.

Cacau - Já foi motivo de muita exploração de tão precioso que é.

Theobroma cacao Coca bean or cacao bean. Has fairly soft large seeds and has sweet mucilaginous pulps. When ripening, cacao would be yellowi.

It was in 1753 that the botanist Carolus Linnaeus named the cacao tree Theobroma Cacao, meaning “Food of the gods”.

It was in 1753 that the botanist Carolus Linnaeus named the cacao tree Theobroma Cacao, meaning “Food of the gods”.

A one day introduction to rustic willow basket weaving suitable for beginners. Each participant will make two simple hedgerow baskets during the day.

A one day introduction to rustic willow basket weaving suitable for beginners. Each participant will make two simple hedgerow baskets during the day.

Cacao pods, which contain the seeds processed into cocoa beans, turn bright colors as they ripen. Photo: Courtesy Island X / SF

Chocolate farms a sweet spot on any Hawaii itinerary

Cacao pods, which contain the seeds processed into cocoa beans, turn bright colors as they ripen. Photo: Courtesy Island X / SF

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