Okay - so those that know me well realize I am addicted to chocolate. Real chocolate. Natural 100% raw chocolate. Not that crap on the supermarket shelves they claim is chocolate. No - I search hills and valleys, all through the forests of Portland Jamaica to find cacao. I want to plant it, grow it, harvest it, and make my own chocolate one day. So far I'm at the growing it stage. My seeds come from cacao pods I find growing wild in the rainforests of Portland. Years ago when I learned that Cacao translates to 'Food of the Gods' I wanted to know more about this food I love so much. Thank you to Six for coming on my cacao journey, climbing the trees and helping to find the best chocolate in the world, the Criollo cacao pods.
Here is some great info courtesy of onegreenplanet.org
Did you know that Cocoa is a Medicinal Plant, a Sacred plant, a Hot Plant, and a Psychoactive Plant?
Did you know Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) means "Food of the Gods"?
Did you know that the Aztecs regarded cocoa as a sacred plant, and they valued cocoa beans as currency?
Did you know that Cacao trees bear cocoa pods that jut out directly from the trunk?
Did you know that chocolates can vary as widely in flavor and aroma as do wines?
Did you know, that of all foods known, cocoa has the highest antioxidant polyphenol content, and provides the greatest cardio-protection?
Did you know that even small amounts of cocoa can reduce cholesterol in the blood, and can lower blood pressure?
great educational clip planting and growing cacao www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWI3Ykl7cPw
making chocolate from scratch www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUJ0heMcE-g
making chocolate balls in Jamaica https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oparBcQyzs
Chocolate Tea is the Jamaican version of what is known in other parts of the world as hot chocolate. This recipe uses all-natural ingredients and there’s nothing like the authentic taste of real chocolate. In Jamaica chocolate tea is usually enjoyed at breakfast time. The Kuna people of Panama drink 4-5 cups of a similar chocolate tea every day. The Kuna are among the healthiest people in the world.
2 cups Water
2 cups Coconut milk
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Pimento Leaf (or 5 Pimento Berries)
1 pinch Ground Nutmeg
3/4 cup Raw Chocolate, grated
2 pinches Salt
Sugar or Honey to sweeten
1. Combine water and coconut milk in a medium-size saucepan
2. Add cinnamon stick, pimento, nutmeg and chocolate and bring to a boil, stirring for 5 minutes
3. Stir in salt and lower heat to a simmer.
4. Remove cinnamon stick and pimento
5. Add sugar or honey to sweeten
6. Pour chocolate tea into mugs using a small strainer
Enjoy! Serves 4