Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cocoa



When you sink your teeth in that block of chocolate, have you ever wonder where the chocolate came from?

My grandfather used to grow cocoa trees which produce pods like these. Inside the pods are seeds and it is the seeds that yield cocoa powder, the essential ingredient to make chocolate.

These pods are not from my grandfather's trees. I snapped these in the Winter Garden green houses at the Auckland Domian. They gave me a pang of nostalgia from the old days in Borneo when I was a kid.

5 comments:

M.Kate said...

I've never seen a real cocoa pod before..only in pictures. Mmmm..who wouldn't love a cuppa of cocoa :P

wylde otse said...

I've never seen these before either. thanks !

SeeThroughGreen said...

all I can think is wonka chocolate! I have a craving that I must go fix!!

Ebie (The Main-Ingredient) said...

Oh, I've seen these in my grandmother's backyard back home when I was a kid. When they "ripe" or ready for harvest, they have a sweeet aroma. Thank you for sharing this.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

This was so very interesting. I so love chocolate, but the old adage is true...a moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips!!!

Thanks for stopping by my 1st Mellow Yellow Monday!!!