Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Want Chocolate? Here's A Cacao Bean

I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for some good chocolate.

When we were wandering around the grounds at Fairchild Gardens, I was a bit surprised to find it in front of me, growing.

Now granted, that's stretching the truth a bit, but it was a Cacao plant with beans on it.  Add sugar and milk and a lot of processing and you might be able to get a little snack out of this particular bean when it is ripe.

It was growing indoors so I am guessing it is one of those "Full Tropical" plants that will only grow under certain conditions in Miami.  Things like Cacao and Durian won't grow if the temperature drops below 40 or 50 and while we don't freeze here, we get close.

That freeze line is only 15 miles North, in Boca Raton.  They're welcome to it.

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