Cacao Pod (Raw)
(Theobroma cacao), also called cocoa, tropical evergreen tree (family Malvaceae). The Cacao beans are found within pods which grow directly out of the trunk of Cacao tree, grown for its edible seeds. Cacao Pods scientific name means “food of the gods” in Greek. . Its seeds, called cocoa beans, are processed into cocoapowder, cocoa butter, and chocolate.
Cacao contains theobromine, caffeine, tannins, polyphenols. Theobromine is an alkaloid similar to caffeine but less powerful in its effect on the nervous system. Raw Cacao is thought to be one of the highest sources of antioxidants and magnesium of all foods.
When the Cacao pods are ripe, they are cut open and the beans are allowed to ferment in order to be more easily separated from the shells. They are prepared for commerce by drying in the sun. Cocoa is the product of Cacao seeds being dried, roasted and ground into a powder. Cocoa is used in a myriad of culinary applications such as baking, chocolate bars, drinks, and other familiar dishes
Origin: Ecuador, Ghana
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