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Asked in Botany or Plant Biology, Chocolate
How many seeds are in the pulp of a chocolate pod?
A pod from a cacao tree contains between 20 and 50 cocoa seeds (depending on the variety of the plant) that are fermented and used to make chocolate. The fat within the seeds is processed into cocoa butter. ...
Asked in Food & Cooking
What would you find if you open a pod of the cocoa tree?
You'd find brown seeds in the middle. The seeds are the cocoa beans.http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/cocoa-pod-white-background-31846040.jpg ...
Asked in Agriculture, Chocolate
How much cocoa beans are inside a cocoa pod?
A cocoa pod (fruit) has a rough leathery rind about 3 cm thick (this varies with the origin and variety of pod). It is filled with sweet pulp (called 'baba de cacao' in South America) enclosing 30 to 50 large seeds that are fairly soft and white to pale lavender in color. While seeds are usually white, they become violet or reddish brown during the drying process. The exception is rare varieties of white cacao, in which the seeds remain white. ...
Asked in Legumes
What happens when cocoa beans have been harvested?
The harvested pods are opened—typically with a machete—the pulp and cocoa seeds are removed and the rind is discarded. The pulp and seeds are then piled in heaps, placed in bins, or laid out on grates for several days. During this time, the seeds and pulp undergo "sweating", where the thick pulp liquefies as it ferments. The fermented pulp trickles away, leaving cocoa seeds behind to be collected. Sweating is important for the quality of the beans, which originally have a strong...
Asked in Chocolate
What are the byproducts available in cocoa?
In addition to cocoa butter, there are many byproducts of cocoa: cocoa pod husks, which can be used as a substitute for wheat bran in animal feed, powdered to use in fish feed and as potash which is typically used as a fertilizer. The pulp, or cocoa juice can be used in alcohol, vinegar, jam, pectin, jelly/marmalade and soft drinks. The pods can also be used to fertilize cocoa trees, and provide a hatchery for midges which pollinate the flowers. The bean...
Asked in Chocolate
Where do you find cocoa?
Cocoa can be found in many places. Naturally, it comes from the cocoa bean, which is a large seed pod harvested from a cocoa tree. Cocoa (already processed and harvested) can be found and bought in many food markets, grocery stores, bakeries, and specialty shops. ...
What are the steps of making unsweetened chocolate?
To make chocolate, you take the cocoa pod and take the cocoa beans out of it, Then you roast them. Then you crush them, and VOILA!!! YA GET POWDER ...
What adverse conditions have affected cocoa production?
El Nino was blamed for dry conditions in cacao-growing regions. Witches' broom, a fungus that rots the cocoa pod, caused irreparable harm to Brazil's cocoa production; ...