Assorted cacao fruits on the tree -- Theobroma cacao -- also cacao tree and cocoa tree, is a small (4–8 m (13–26 ft) tall) evergreen tree in the family Sterculiaceae (alternatively Malvaceae), native to the deep tropical region of the Americas. Its seeds are used to make cocoa powder and chocolate.
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.
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