Theobroma … Latin for “Food of the Gods.” COCOA

This weird looking “pod” hanging from the tree is the “Cocoa Pod.”  Inside the pod are hundreds of cocoa beans.  Cocoa is of course the main ingredient in chocolate.  Cocoa Trees can be found all over Bioko Island and on a recent hike I took this picture of a wild cocoa tree.  About 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from Western Africa, and Equatorial Guinea has some of the worlds finest.  All cocoa production takes place in countries within 20 degrees of the Equator… and Equatorial Guinea’s name says it all, it’s a cocoa producer!  Cocoa production is a 5.1 billion dollar industry worldwide, boy that’s a lot of M&Ms.  Who doesn’t love chocolate?  I know I do!

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