Posts tagged cacao

C’mon down to the Isle of Pines! We’ve got cocoa beans!
The Isle of Pines was indefinitely leased to the US in the Platt Amendment, the same amendment that cordoned off the area that Guantanamo Bay is now located in.
However, unlike Guantanamo Bay, the Isle of Pines was reclaimed by the Cuban government when the new Cuban Constitution was drafted in 1940. It’s now called Isla de la Juventud. Despite its extremely good soil for planting and its ideal climate for tropical fruits, the Tropical Development Company never turned a profit from their developments there.
Prospectus of the Tropical Development Company, Founders of the American City and Colony of McKinley Isle of Pines. 1904.

C’mon down to the Isle of Pines! We’ve got cocoa beans!

The Isle of Pines was indefinitely leased to the US in the Platt Amendment, the same amendment that cordoned off the area that Guantanamo Bay is now located in.

However, unlike Guantanamo Bay, the Isle of Pines was reclaimed by the Cuban government when the new Cuban Constitution was drafted in 1940. It’s now called Isla de la Juventud. Despite its extremely good soil for planting and its ideal climate for tropical fruits, the Tropical Development Company never turned a profit from their developments there.

Prospectus of the Tropical Development Company, Founders of the American City and Colony of McKinley Isle of Pines. 1904.

Cacao Tree and Cocoa Pod
I’m sure you all know this, but chocolate (well, cocoa) doesn’t start out brown and powdery. Cacao starts out as lavender brown or reddish brown seeds encased in a gooey white mucilaginous pulp, in a relatively thick (~3 cm) leathery pod. There are usually about 30 to 50 seeds per pod, that are harvested throughout the year - the tree grows in tropical climates and doesn’t ripen its fruit all at once.
Dictionnaire Pittoresque d’Histoire Naturelle et des Phenomenes de la Nature. F. E. Guerin, 1833.

Cacao Tree and Cocoa Pod

I’m sure you all know this, but chocolate (well, cocoa) doesn’t start out brown and powdery. Cacao starts out as lavender brown or reddish brown seeds encased in a gooey white mucilaginous pulp, in a relatively thick (~3 cm) leathery pod. There are usually about 30 to 50 seeds per pod, that are harvested throughout the year - the tree grows in tropical climates and doesn’t ripen its fruit all at once.

Dictionnaire Pittoresque d’Histoire Naturelle et des Phenomenes de la Nature. F. E. Guerin, 1833.