Cocoa Cultivation in Central America

In the highlands of Central America circa 2000 BCE and before there was the Toltec people or the Maya people, the cocoa beans cultivated, picked, roasted and made into ceremonial drinks… Hot Cocoa people.

      2000 BCE
      Highlands of Central America

Additional Information:

  • Heredity – Cacao domestication I: the origin of the cacao cultivated by …
    Criollo cacao (Theobroma cacao ssp. cacao) was cultivated by the Mayas over 1500 years ago. It has been suggested that Criollo cacao originated in Central America and that it evolved independently from the cacao populations in the Amazon basin.
  • Cocoa bean – Wikipedia
    The cocoa bean, also cacao bean or simply cocoa (/ˈkoʊ.koʊ/) or cacao (/kəˈkaʊ/), is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of Theobroma cacao, from which cocoa solids and cocoa butter can be extracted. The “beans” are the basis of chocolate, as well as Mesoamerican foods, such as mole and tejate.
  • A Brief History of Cocoa | Medicine Hunter
    Thousands of years ago, dense equatorial rainforest covered much more of the South American continent than today. Verdant forest and running rivers made up the landscape of the territory known as Amazonia, and forest covered much of the corridor of land we now call Central America.
  • What is the origin of the cocoa tree?
    The genus Theobroma, from which the cocoa tree species comes, originated millions of years ago in South America, to the east of the Andes. However, despite our knowing the origin of the genus Theobroma, the birthplace of Theobroma cacao is not so certain and there is no consensus on where cocoa originated.
  • Where the Cocoa Plant Comes From | The History of Cocoa – Rodelle
    All cocoa products are made from cocoa beans, which grow on Cacao Trees. Thousands of years ago, cocoa beans were discovered in South American rain forests where the humid and tropical climate mixed with elevated rainfall created the perfect place for cocoa trees to grow.

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