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Chocolate comes from the tropical cacao tree called Theobroma cacao, which literally translates as "food of the gods". Cacao beans are found nestled in the tender pith of cocoa pods (fruits), that grow directly from the trunk of its tree like exotic, elongated melons. Each fruit contains 20-50 purple-brown cacao seeds, which takes about 6 months to ripen and must be carefully harvested by hand. Native to Central and South America, cacao is grown everywhere around the equator of the globe…

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#Cacao fruit on the theobroma tree. Seeds from these pods are harvested to make Its seeds are used to make #cocoa powder and #chocolate.

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Chocolate has tropical origins. It comes from the cacao tree of the rain forest. Seeds pods (show in picture above) grow not on the end of branches but directly off of the branches and trunk. Each pod is about the size of a pineapple and holds thirty to fifty seeds. That is enough to make about seven milk chocolate or two dark chocolate bars. Cacao seeds are not sweet. The scientific name of the cacao tree, Theobroma means “food of the gods.”