Where were cocoa beans first domesticated?

Answer Cocoa was first cultivated on the Mexican Gulf Coast by the Olmec Indians, as early as 1000 B.C. Cocoa beans became very important to the Mayans and Aztecs throughout Mesoamerica, and were even use... Read More »

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Where do cocoa beans come from?

Cocao beans are the seeds of the Theobroma cacao or cocoa tree, which is an evergreen tree that grows in the tropic region of the Americas. It grows primarily in the low foothills of the Andes Moun... Read More »

How to Buy Cocoa Beans?

Cocoa beans are produced in pods on the cocoa tree. The pods range in color from red to yellow to green and are shaped like footballs. Cocoa pods take five to six months to ripen enough for harvest... Read More »

How are cocoa beans made?

Cocoa beans are grown and harvested before being processed to produce chocolate. Growers cultivate cocoa trees, harvesting cocoa beans twice a year, then fermenting and drying the beans to prepare ... Read More »

How are cocoa beans harvested?

Growers in countries such as Brazil and Ghana produce cocoa beans, more correctly called cacao beans. Once harvested, these beans form the basis for cocoa powder, cocoa butter and chocolate.OriginC... Read More »