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The first people known to have made chocolate were the ancient cultures of Mexico and Central America. These people, including the Maya and Aztec, mixed ground cacao seeds with various seasonings to make a spicy... More »
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Cocoa bean - Wikipedia


The cocoa bean, also cacao bean or simply cocoa or cacao is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of Theobroma cacao, from which ...

History of Cocoa | World Cocoa Foundation


During this period, the introduction of the steam engine mechanized cocoa bean grinding, reducing production costs and making chocolate affordable to all.

History of Cocoa - World Agroforestry Centre


They crushed the cocoa beans, mixed them with water and added spices, chillies and herbs (Coe's Theory). They began cultivating cocoa in equatorial Mexico.

Where the Cocoa Plant Comes From | The History of Cocoa - Rodelle


All cocoa products are made from cocoa beans, which grow on Cacao Trees. Thousands of years ago, cocoa beans were discovered in South American rain ...

A Brief History of Cocoa | Medicine Hunter


The Aztec chief offered to exchange some of the cocoa beans for goods aboard ... Girolamo Benzoni, in his “History of the New World noted “They call the fruit ...

A Brief History of Chocolate | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian


Mar 1, 2008 ... But for about 90 percent of chocolate's long history, it was strictly a ... Both the Mayans and Aztecs believed the cacao bean had magical, ...

What is the history of the cocoa bean? | Reference.com


The cocoa bean is believed to have first been discovered around 1000 B.C. by either the Olmec or the Maya in South America. Cocoa beans grow on cacao ...

Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) - History and Uses - Sacred Earth ...


Cacao, Cocoa (theobroma cacao) its history and uses as a ceremonial food ... During Cacao bean processing the seeds and some of the fruit pulp are left 'to ...

History of Chocolate - Culture of the Cocoa Bean


The history of chocolate and cocoa beans, the tastiest invention ever invented. The Olmec Indians were the first peoples to discover its wonders.