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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoa_bean

The cocoa bean, also called cacao bean, cocoa and cacao is the dried and fully fermented seed of Theobroma cacao, from which cocoa solids and, because of the seed's fat, cocoa butter can be extracted. The beans are the basis of chocolate, and of such Mesoamerican foods as mole and tejate.

www.worldcocoafoundation.org/about-cocoa/history-of-cocoa

From German chocolate cake to Swiss cocoa, today, people around the world enjoy chocolate in thousands of different forms, consuming more than 4.5 million tons of cocoa beans annually. Throughout its evolution, one thing has remained constant—chocolate has never lacked an avid following of people who love the ...

rodellekitchen.com/learn-vanilla-baking/cocoa-history

The History of Cocoa. 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 forests where the humid and tropical climate mixed with elevated rainfall created the perfect place for cocoa trees to grow. Cocoa beans have ...

www.worldagroforestry.org/treesandmarkets/inaforesta/history.htm

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. Over time, the Mayans (600 BC) and Aztecs (400 AD) developed successful methods for cultivating cocoa as well. The cocoa bean was used as a monetary unit ...

www.medicinehunter.com/brief-history-cocoa

The significance of this is that cacao is considered divine in origin, and this establishes its importance in the world of the Maya. The Maya so highly valued cacao, they used cocoa beans as currency, and to pay taxes. Like many events which occurred a long time ago, the specifics of cacao's rise to popularity remain largely ...

www.icco.org/faq/51-cocoa-trees/114-what-is-the-origin-of-the-cocoa-tree.html

Mar 26, 2013 ... Cocoa beans, from which cocoa products are derived, come from the cocoa tree, which is the species Theobroma cacao. The genus Theobroma, from which the cocoa tree species comes, originated millions of years ago in South America, to the east of the Andes. However, despite our knowing the origin of ...

www.chocolate.lindt.com/world-of-lindt/lindt-in-history/history-of-cocoa

Cocoa, which is prepared from the cacao bean, the fruit of the cacao tree, was first used much earlier. The Olmecs, the first highly developed culture of Central America, lived in present-day Mexico over 3000 years ago. The hot, humid climate there was ideal for cultivating the sensitive cacao tree. The Mayas, who settled in ...

www.history.com/news/hungry-history/the-sweet-history-of-chocolate

Feb 13, 2014 ... Anthropologists have found evidence that chocolate was produced by pre-Olmec cultures living in present-day Mexico as early as 1900 B.C. The ancient Mesoamericans who first cultivated cacao plants found in the tropical rainforests of Central America fermented, roasted and ground the cacao beans into ...

www.godivachocolates.co.uk/the-history-of-chocolate-mayans-aztecs.html

Mayan Civilization And The Birthplace Of Chocolate. The Mayans of Central America are believed to be the first to discover cocoa as early as 900 AD. They learned that the beans inside the cocoa pods could be harvested and made into a liquid that would become a treasured Mayan treat. The History of Chocolate - Mayans ...