Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bean Good to Know Ya


A visit to the Bronx Botanical Garden was marred by rain, so my friend and I stayed indoors, strolling through the conservatory, where we got to see, among other wonderful plants, a cacao tree, complete with pod still attached. We got to taste a bit of 70 percent cacao chocolate and learned a bit about the health benefits of high content cacao chocolate. It's no surprise that white chocolate and milk chocolate have no health benefits compared to dark chocolate, and for dark chocolate, the higher the cacao content, the better. It was fun to see a pod still hanging on a cacao tree, as well as the inside of a pod. Unfortunately, I didn't have a good closeup lens on my camera, so the photo of the pod interior is a bit blurry.
Cacao Tree
Cacao Tree
Cacao Pod

Cacao Info


Cacao Info
Inside a Cacao Pod


Cacao Info Station

Grinding Cacao Pod Bits




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