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Cocoa Nibs Roasted

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Theobroma cacao
plant overview

The cocoa tree is a member of the hibiscus family that is native to the tropical rainforests of the Amazon and Orinoco River basins. It is also cultivated commercially in western Africa and Asia. The fruits of the tree, collectively referred to as cocoa pods or, less commonly, cherelles, are harvested for the beans held inside. It takes about six months for the pods to reach maturity.

There are several varieties of cocoa, all of which can be classified into one of three groups - forastero, criollo or trinitario. Most commercially grown varieties of cocoa fall under the forastero classification. Criollo varieties are not cultivated very often because they are so vulnerable to pests and disease. The last variety, trinitario, is a hybrid of the other two, and is favored for use in premium dark chocolate. /p>

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A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information on cocoa nibs


The cocoa tree takes four years to reach maturity and may reach a height of up to 40 feet. The leaves are oblong and leathery. Cocoa pods are elongated and range in color from yellow to purple-black. Each pod may house up to 60 cocoa beans.

common names & nomenclature

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing and harvesting cocoa nibs

Requires well-drained soil rich in humus, and protection from strong wind due to shallow root systems. Cocoa trees are usually cultivated on small farms to minimize losses as the trees are highly susceptible to disease and pests. To lessen wind damage, cocoa trees are commonly grown between rows of palm or banana trees to shield them.

The Rest of the Story

Roasted cocoa nibs are high in flavonoids, namely epicatechin, catechin, and a variety of procyanidins. Decades of research has shown that a diet rich in these flavonoids may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. Cocoa, and chocolate in general, have the concentration of flavonoids by weight than any other food.

Where in the World

habitat and range for cocoa nibs

Tropical regions of South and Central America.

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