Chocolate tree. The flesh is eaten as a dessert, and the seeds are the raw material of commercial chocolate. Hot chocolate can be made by drying the seeds, roasting, grinding, and adding milk.

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Cacao fruit, Dominican Republic. If you are a chocolate lover you have to take a tour of a cacao plantation.

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The refreshing cacao juice is precious indeed. Each cacao fruit pod is about as large as a pineapple, three grapefruits, or a coconut, yet it is made up mostly of husk and seeds, so there is very little juice and pulp. It takes 25 cacao fruits to produce a single quart of cacao juice! #cacao #kosher #vegan #superfoods #antioxidants #nongmo #glutenfree #smoothie #healthy #Ecuador #cocoa #suavva

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

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It’s not ready to make its way into a batch of s’mores just yet, but I’d say our cacao fruit is looking more and more delectable each day. You can catch it now in the rain forest of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

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