Where does cocoa butter come from?
Until then, enjoy your new-found appreciation for one of life's most delectable gifts, by trying some today.
After the pods are harvested, they are then split opened to show the treasure inside. The fruit contains juice, pulp, and 50-60 cocoa seeds. At this stage in the cocoa seeds' life, they are white looking, and contain a jelly membrane around them. They resemble white, over-sized corn kernels, rather than the cocao nibs or cocoa powder we may picture in our minds.
Once the seeds are separated from the pods, fermentation begins. The seeds are often placed in wooden boxes, or raked out into piles, then covered with bananas leaves. This process can take anywhere from 2-14 days.
This changes its appearance to something we may be more familiar with. Removing the now dried outer shell will reveal chocolate in its purest raw form!