One of God’s Best Inventions – The Cacao Bean!

The botanical name for the tree that produces cacao beans is Theobroma Cacao—from the Latin Theobroma—literally “food of the gods”, and Cacao—a Nahuatl-derived Spanish word.

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The American English pronunciation of “cacao” is kuh-KOW, from the original version kuh-KAH-oh. The common British pronunciation is kuh-KAH-oo.

crop_sm_Cocoa-Beans      The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the God of wisdom, and the seeds had so much value they were used as a form of currency and revered for their medicinal qualities for centuries.

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The more frequently used word, cocoa, is widely believed to have its origins in a spelling mistake—possibly made by a British import agent in the 17th century.

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3 thoughts on “One of God’s Best Inventions – The Cacao Bean!

  1. KerryCan says:

    Food of the gods? Amen, brother!

  2. You’ve given me a chocolate craving at 8.30 in the morning.
    Give me chocolate (said in a low, throaty voice). Now.

    I also keep reading about how healthy very dark chocolate is. So that’s where the ancient Aztecs got the strength to build a great civilisation.

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