This impressive, highly ribbed, green, red or yellow fruit grows on the cacao tree. There are a lot of cacao beans inside the cacao fruit. The dry cacao bean is used to make chocolate. But the cacao beans and the pulp can also be eaten out of hand and that is a very tasty taste experience!
Availability cacao fruit
Cacao fruit has been eaten for over 5000 years. The Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés brought the first cacao beans to Spain at the beginning of the sixteenth century. The cacao tree is about 10 meters high and 50 years old. Each year about 30 to 40 fruits grow on the tree.
How to store
You can keep this fruit for 10-12 days at a temperature of 12 degrees. Make sure the fruit stays dry.
How to eat
Cut the pod all around and then break it open to reveal the white beans. You can eat these slimy white beans right away and they are delicious! The inner dark bean is used to make chocolate. You can ferment these or grind them into cacao powder.