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Chocolate Stories: How does cocoa fruit look like?


I came to coffee farm on Saturday morning and immediately it became my new Colombian home for few weeks. To be honest, my first morning there I dreamt of staying in my comfortable huge bed made of bamboo and wait for crunchy AREPA, kind of corn pancake they eat here in Antioquia instead of climbing up the hill in search of mature cocoa fruits.

The decision had been made a day before and I had no other option than put on sexy white rubber boots  and oldest pants I disposed or better say that my modest wardrobe let me. Well done, I thought with eyes half-opened and covering yawning mouth, what a tough task to work with empty stomach!

View on La Solita, coffee part of Andes

View on La Solita, coffee part of Andes

We left few minutes to 8am without having breakfast. Everything was still wet as the night before had rained a lot and I didn´t feel like discovering cocoa secrets at all.

With smile and bamboo stick on the way

With smile and bamboo stick on the way

What do we Europeans know about cocoa?  The questions was spinning round in the biggest part of the brain so called cerebrum.  What a shame! I didn´t even know how the cocoa tree looked like neither its fruits until we left our bags on the ground and Omar told me: Simona, we go over there to approach us to that cacao tree, it has a lot of mature fruits on it !

Triple trees: Banano, cacao and mango

Triple trees: Banano, cacao and mango

Cacao child, still unmature and small to be picked

Cacao child, still unmature and small to be picked

Attention! Do you want a cacao or better hive?

Attention! Do you want a cacao or better hive?

Ok, let´s to work! We used scissors to cut so called umbilical cord of cacao fruit (well the THING which connect the fruit with the tree branch). Some action pictures:

Omar in action

Omar in action

Simona in action

Simona in action

Definitely my favorite action one picture: Victoria and Isabel collecting cacao with hands:

Girls: Victoria and Isabel in action

Girls: Victoria and Isabel in action

And when we had enough cacao, we continued with phase II: to cut cacao peel, scoop out the beans and put them into basket.

Once the basket was full...

Once the basket was full…

We put all cacao fruit on the ground....

We put all cacao fruit on the ground….

Cacao treatment

Cacao treatment- peeling and scooping out the beans

Almost done!

Almost done!

On the way back a bit of nature power

On the way back a bit of nature power

We left the pile of peel and took the basket with cocoa beans back to farm. The delicious warm above mentioned arepas and homemade chocolate were waiting for us. I had a bit and sip of both things and the feeling of satisfaction spread in my body.

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