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.

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.

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

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

Superfoods supply lots of essential nutrients to your body, thus improving the metabolic rate, boosting energy & providing stamina. #healthyfoods

Superfoods supply lots of essential nutrients to your body, thus improving the metabolic rate, boosting energy & providing stamina. #healthyfoods

This insanely decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake may taste like a rich fudgy indulgence but it's made from just a few healthy whole-food ingredients right in the blender!

This insanely decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake may taste like a rich fudgy indulgence but it's made from just a few healthy whole-food ingredients right in the blender!

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

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

Cocoa Tree. I remember the hot cocoa tea I drank as a child, compliments of this plant.

Cocoa Tree. I remember the hot cocoa tea I drank as a child, compliments of this plant.

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

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

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.

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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