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    From South America …

    The original cocoa plant was first harvested in ancient South American cultures between 1400 and 1100 BC. This for the sweet pulp of the fruit, and not for the seed. The pulp was fermented and made into an alcoholic beverage. Later on, also the seeds were used by native locals like the Aztecs and the Mayans. These to make a bitter drink that was given around during religious ceremonies, cacahuatl.

    This is where the word ´chocolate´ comes from. It´s a mix of the words chocolatl (meaning hot water) and the word cacahuatl. Both words coming from the Nahuatl language of native South American groups.

    The cacao bean was so important it was actually used as a currency, and even given as a reward to warriors before battle. No wonder the Spanish were quick to recognize the value of the crop and the drink. They added their own crops to the drink to make it more accustomed to their own taste pallet, sugar and spices They kept the production process a secret for nearly 100 years.

    … to the world

    Afterward cocoa spread across the globe, still only in the form of a drink only for the social elite. It was not until the Industrial Revolution chocolate became more available to the people thanks to steam-powered machines making the cocoa powder far quicker and cheaper.

    Only in 1850, Joseph Fry ‘invented’ solid chocolate by adding cacao butter to the cacao powder. Around the year 1910, the Belgian inventor Jean Neuhaus II brought his pralines to the market. These were little chocolate pieces of art, filled with all sorts of flavors and made in all sorts of shapes. Needless to say at this point the chocolate industry boomed.

    It is clear, due to its consistent presence and popularity over the ages, from ancient South America to the current world population, that the rumored aphrodisiac cocoa will not soon leave the stage, or the kitchen table. How exactly cocoa is grown and harvested today you can discover here.

    Cocoa Farm Tour 1D 169.00

    Cocoa Farm Tour 1D

    Full day

    Enjoy amazing views of Andes mountain range and cloud forest, Taste the sustainable cocoa beans fresh and try the chocolate…

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