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NAME : CACAO

GREEK NAME : Theobroma cocoa, meaning "divine food"

FAMILY : Sterculiacus

SEX : masculine


BORN : III century

IN : Pre-Columbus America.
Tropical regions of South America (the Indians of the pre-Colombus era used to pick cocoa beans then cook them, peel them and mash them. Eventually they would mix this with spices).

HEIGHT : 4 to 12 metres (cocoa palm)

NATIONALITIES : 

Le cacao du Vénézuéla Le cacao du Méxique Le cacao de l'Equateur Le cacao de Colombie Le cacao du Brésil Le cacao du Chili Le cacao du Pérou Le cacao du Côte d'Ivoire Le cacao de Tanzanie Le cacao du Cameroun Le cacao du Ghana Le cacao du Nigéria Le cacao de Sao Tomet et Principe Le cacao de Madagascar Le cacao de Saint Dominique / République Dominicaine Le cacao de Trinité et Tobago Le cacao de Malaisie Le cacao de l'Indonésie / Sumatra Le cacao du Sri Lanka / Ceylan Le cacao de Papouasie Nouvelle Guinée

OWNER’S SIGNATURE :The Maya civilisation/ The Toltecs/The Aztecs.
A great civilisation : The Mayas.
There grew among them a miraculous tree with magic beans : the cocoa palm. At its decline, the Maya empire opened its land to the Toltecs. The Toltecs were the first to cultivate the cocoa tree. They made a shrine to "QUETZALCOALT " who was the gardener of paradise.

In turn, the Toltecs were defeated. By the nature of events they were subjugated and limited and they transmitted to the Aztecs a great number of their traditions, one of the most venerable being the development of the brown gold i.e the cultivation of cocoa. After a time the Aztecs made Chocolate their daily nutritional drink. This precious drink with aphrodisiac and therapeutic virtues was a mixture made up of grilled cocoa beans that were then mashed and mixed with water, then flavoured with spices.

ADDRESSES : Artisan Confectioners / Master Chocolate-makers.

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