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What Plant Is Chocolate Made From
The main ingredient in chocolate is cocoa. The cocoa is derived from the cocoa bean, a seed from a tropical tree in the paradise island of Indonesia. The cocoa beans are roasted, crushed and ground fine. The seeds from the cocoa tree are also used to make cocoa butter, cocoa powder and cocoa liquor. Before becoming a chocolate bar or a cup of cocoa, the ground cocoa passes through a series of mechanical rollers until it becomes a paste. In the later stage, the paste is mixed with sugar, milk, vanilla and other flavors to produce chocolate..
Is the coca plant the same as cocoa?
Cocaine is a psychoactive alkaloid found in the leaves of the coca plant. Cocaine is extracted from the coca plant for use as a local anesthetic, such as in eye, nose, and ear surgery. The coca plant grows in the Andes. Coca products have been used for thousands of years..
What is chocolate plant called?
Chocolate plants are also known as Theobroma Cacao and more interestingly, they are of the family Malvaceae and the of order Malvales. We all know that the plant is grown for its seeds, but did you know that the tree is grown in the tropics and of the genus Theobroma. Research has found that the Theobroma Cacao is originated from Southern Mexico. It was cultivated 3000 years ago. The plant is propagated by seeds. For the seed to germinate, temperature temperature should be between 75-90 degrees Fahrenheit. The seedlings are prone to pests, so they are usually grown in greenhouses..
Are coca plants illegal?
Yes, coca plants are illegal, but only the leaves of coca plants are illegal. The leaves are used to produce cocaine which is illegal. However, coca leaves are legal in most countries, including the United States. So, even if you do have the prescription for some cocaine, you are not allowed to import it from outside of the US. So, you can practice growing your own coca plant, but make sure you are not producing any cocaine out of it..
Can you grow coca plants in the US?
Coca is a species of flowering plant in the family of Erythroxylaceae. The plant has spiny stems and leaves. It has medicinal and recreational value. The plant produces cocaine, which is addictive and illegal. Cocaine is the most addictive substance on the planet. It is also closely linked to violence and crime. Some people use cocaine as a way to enhance sexual pleasure and performance. It is has been shown to provide a temporary sense of euphoria and energy. Cocaine is used as a topical anesthetic and as a local or general anesthetic. It is also inhaled and sprinkled over food and drink like cocaine hydrochloride. Cocaine can be mixed with marijuana, heroin and amphetamine. The plant is native to tropical and subtropical America and it has been cultivated in the Andes Mountains. It can grow at elevations between 1000 and 4000 meters. Coca is like a weed and it is considered as a scourge by farmers. It is a very competitive plant and it has a very high rate of regeneration. It is used as a natural insecticide and as a source of flavouring agent..
Is chocolate a vegetable?
Yes it is. By definition, vegetable means any plant or part of a plant that can be eaten by humans, which means that chocolate is also a vegetable..
Who invented chocolate?
The history of chocolate goes back to the times of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. The Mayan people (in Central America) were the first to drink chocolate, which they called xocoatl. The Aztec people (in Mexico) who conquered the region, also drank chocolate. They, however, used it as a bitter, spicy drink. The Aztec recipe for chocolate was made of cocoa beans, cornmeal, peppers, vanilla, and water. Spaniards conquered the Aztecs in the 16th century, and adopted their love for chocolate. They then took it back to Spain, where chocolate was soon introduced to the rest of Europe. The first chocolate came in the form of hot chocolate, not chocolate bars. It was first sold by Spanish monks in the “chocolate houses” that they established in Spanish cities. These “chocolate houses” were very popular, and were the first cafes, or chocolate cafes. Nowadays, chocolate is made with sugar, milk, and cocoa..
How do you grow a cacao plant?
Cacao is the main ingredient in chocolate. It is a tree that produces fruit covered in a red-brown skin, covered in white pulp. The pulp is usually dried to produce cacao beans. Cacao trees are usually found in humid rainforest regions, at low-level elevations of 15-30 degrees Latitude. A cacao tree takes 4-6 years to produce its first crop of fruit. The trees grow 5-12 meters tall and produce their first fruit crop in about 4-5 years. Each tree produces between 20-50 cacao pods at a time, which can weigh up to 3kg. The cacao tree is a member of the Sterculiaceae family, which also includes the African ackee tree..