Chocolate



 

Chocolate can be traced to the ancient Mayans, arriving in Spain in the late 1500s,. and then to North America in the mid 1600s.

Chocolate comes from a fruit tree; it’s made from a seed.

It takes 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.

Each cacao tree produces approximately 2,500 beans.

Cacao beans were so valuable to early Mesoamericans that they were used as currency.

A farmer must wait four to five years for a cacao tree to produce its first beans.

Theobroma Cacaois the tree that produces cocoa beans, and it means “food of the gods.” Carolus Linnaeus, the father of plant taxonomy, named it.

Chocolate has over 600 flavor compounds while red wine has just 200.

Some cacao trees are more than 200 years old, but most give marketable cocoa beans for only the first 25 years.

White Chocolate isn't technically chocolate, as it contains no cocoa solids or cocoa liquor.

The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation.