Historyedit]. The cacao tree is native to the Americas. It may have originated in
the foothills of the Andes in the Amazon and Orinoco ...
During this period, the introduction of the steam engine mechanized cocoa bean
grinding, reducing production costs and making chocolate affordable to all.
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.
The exact origin of cacao remains shrouded in mystery and hard to pin down, ...
Though the Aztecs appeared to place high value on cocoa beans, Columbus ...
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Mar 26, 2013 ... Cocoa beans, from which cocoa products are derived, come from the ... There are
scientific claims for the origin of the cocoa tree in several ...
Mar 1, 2008 ... In the book The True History of Chocolate, authors Sophie and Michael ... Both
the Mayans and Aztecs believed the cacao bean had magical, ...
Cacao trees are delicate plants that live in the understory of tropical forests and
require other, ... These seeds—the cocoa beans—form the heart of chocolate.
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 ...
The Maya Indians and the Aztecs recognised the value of cocoa beans - both as
an ingredient for their special 'chocolate' drink and as currency - for hundreds of ...