Chocolate comes from the cacao tree
Sweet liqueur flavored with vanilla and cacao beans.
Some coffee and cacao are grown for export.
Cacao and chocolate were an important part of Maya culture.
Powder of ground roasted cacao beans with most of the fat removed.
The drink was made from ground cacao seeds mixed with cold water, corn, and chili peppers.
Made from roasted ground cacao beans.
Most cacao trees are found in Central and South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Exports: petroleum, bananas, shrimp, coffee, cacao.
Wealthy people drank cacao and said it was good for the digestion.
Tropical American tree producing cacao beans.
In business, mainly for Maya barter trade activities sometimes cacao as a common currency.
Cacao contains protein, calcium, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, magnesium and sulphur.
Agriculture: coffee, cacao, cotton, rubber; livestock; timber.
It’s true that cacao contains some saturated fat.
Agriculture: sugarcane, coffee, cotton, cacao; cattle.
The health benefits of chocolate come from flavonoids, a type of phytochemical found in the cacao bean.
Raw cacao powder has nearly four times the antioxidant content of regular dark chocolate, 20 times more than blueberries and119 times more than bananas.
But, the cacao plant could not grow in the area where the Aztecs lived.
Agriculture: bananas, coffee, cacao, rice; cattle; balsa wood; fish.
When the Spaniards came to Mexico in the sixteenth century, they started drinking cacao too.
Too much cacao makes it too sugary.
As other countries challenged Spain’s monopoly on cacao, chocolate became more widely available.
Cacao butter melts at37 ℃, just below the humans body’s temperature.
And what about the fat found in the cacao bean?
To become chocolate, cacao seeds go through a long production process in a factory.
It appears that the sweet pulp of the cacao fruit, which surrounds the beans, was fermented into an alcoholic beverage of the time.