Chocolatiers 101 – Fun Facts

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  • Most cocoa—70 percent—hails from West Africa
  • The Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) is the single largest producer of cocoa, providing roughly 40 percent of the world’s supply
  • Some cacao trees are more than 200 years old, but most give marketable cocoa beans for only the first 25 years
  • Cacao leaves can move 90 degrees, from horizontal to vertical, to get sun and to protect younger leaves
  • Rudolph Lindt designed the first conching machine, its bed curved like a conch shell
  • Chocolate-lovers might think their favorite treat defies words—and botanists agree.  A debate surrounds what the pod is, botanically. Some say it is a fruit, and others a berry. Many choose the middle ground and call the fruit baccate, which means “like a berry,” but the bottom line is that the pod doesn’t fit into any existing categories.  Like chocolate, it’s indescribable