The noble's ability to transend between the earthly world and the supernatural world establishes the balance between life and death, symbolized by the fertility of the cacao tree
which continues the cycle of rebirth.
The seeds of the cacao tree
have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop their flavour.
The cacao tree
, which produces cocoa beans, grows naturally in the shade and rainforest climate.
Chocolate is made from the seeds (beans) of the Cacao tree
, Theobroma cacao.
Cocoa is the powder or paste made from dried, crushed cocoa beans, the seeds of the cacao tree
The History of Chocolate in Mexico will take participants to the early dawn of time, when the first cacao tree
was discovered and the first Maya sheltered in its shade, using its beans both as a currency and to prepare the frothy beverage.
A cacao tree
can produce close to 2,000 pods per year.
To show visitors how chocolate is made, OSV historians use the traditional Mexican method of processing chocolate by hand using seeds from the cacao tree
Chocolate was first made in South America 3,000 years ago using beans from the cacao tree
, but it was quite different to the chocolate we enjoy today.
Among other presentations at the symposium, scientists reported about how the introduction of new varieties of the cacao tree
that resist "witch's broom," a fungal disease that has decimated some crops, may affect the taste of cocoa and chocolate.
They came across hundreds of new cacao tree
samples during the trips.
A stand of very old trees, in an unexpected location, has yielded a coveted type of cacao tree