During our cruise one of the ports of call was Limon Costa Rico. During a river tour we stopped and our tour guide came back on board the bus with what looked like a giant nut. He asked if we knew what it was. No one did.
The pictures I’ve seen are of cocoa beans that look like coffee beans, but when he cracked the pod open it looked more like pictures I’ve seen of brains. Inside there was a mass of gray matter that looked wet and to me, slimy. I know — YUCK.
It turned out that it was cocoa fruit. The fruit is eatable with lemonade like taste. In fact it’s considered a super food due to the high density of essential nutrients, and proven health benefits.
The Greek name of cocoa literally means, “food of the gods.”
The seeds inside the fruit looks more like coffee beans or least they do once they have dried.
Seeing food we take for granted in its natural state it’s amazing to me how people evolved foods into what they are now. Cocoa is just one of so many foods. I think of how tomatoes were once thought to be poisonous.
However cocoa and chocolate has evolved, it is here stay, at least at my house.