The Cocoa Tree
The history of chocolate begins with a plant whose scientific name -- Theobroma cacao -- means “food of the gods.” For centuries, people have been enjoying the rich flavor of chocolate, a product made from this plant.
Historians believe the Mayan people of Central America first learned to farm cacao plants around 2,000 years ago. The Maya took the cacao trees from the rainforests and grew them around their homes. They cooked the cacao seeds, then crushed them into a soft paste. They mixed the paste with water and flavorful spices to make an unsweetened chocolate drink.
To become chocolate, cacao seeds go through a long production process in a factory.
Workers must sort, clean and cook the seeds. Then they break off the covering of the seeds so that only the inside fruit -- or nibs -- remain. Workers crush the nibs into a soft substance called chocolate liquor. This gets separated into cacao solids and a fat called cocoa butter.
Cacao has flavonoids that may help reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. These chemicals may lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and improve the body’s use of insulin. Insulin helps control the amount of glucose or sugar in the blood.
Most chocolate and cocoa teas are made by mixing roasted and winnowed cacao shells with regular black tea. The cacao shells infuse the brewed tea with chocolate-y flavor without the calories of regular cocoa.
Just 10g of dark chocolate a day could help lower your risk of heart problems. Dark chocolate is good for the heart, so don’t be surprised if your doctor is soon telling you to eat plain chocolate as a cardioprotective strategy for lowering blood pressure and improving blood lipids. New evidence of dark chocolate’s benefits for a naturally healthy heart come courtesy of a team of researchers in Victoria, Australia. The scientists looked at the use of dark chocolate as a preventive strategy for cardiovascular disease in people with metabolic syndrome and the results add to a growing stack of evidence on the benefits of dark chocolate for heart health.
Here in Thailand we grow our own Coca trees, which provide us with CoCa pod's and inside the Beans.
We make our own sugarless chocolate and its very bitter to taste we add Stevia leaf and honey and coconut milk to make it more Pleasant tasting with the magic of Star Anises it is delicious.
The Current drought has delayed the current crop and we are out of stock, Sorry!