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Iris Girl
March 9th, 2014, 07:13 PM
Just found out that chocolate is a fruit!! yep the cocoa bean is a fruit that makes chocolate in the fruit group!

Cocoa bean
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Cocoa beans in a cacao pod


Cocoa beans before roasting


A roasted cocoa bean, the papery skin rubbed loose.
Cacao bean (also Anglicized as cocoa bean,[1] often simply cocoa /ˈkoʊ.koʊ/ and cacao /kəˈkaʊ/; Mayan: kakaw; Nahuatl: cacahuatl [kaˈkawat͡ɬ]) is the dried and fully fermented fatty bean of Theobroma cacao, from which cocoa solids and cocoa butter are extracted.[2] They are the basis of chocolate, as well as many Mesoamerican foods such as mole sauce and tejate.
A cocoa pod (fruit) has a rough and leathery rind about 3 cm thick (this varies with the origin and variety of pod). It is filled with sweet, mucilaginous pulp (called 'baba de cacao' in South America) enclosing 30 to 50 large seeds that are fairly soft and white to a pale lavender color. While seeds are usually white, they become violet or reddish brown during the drying process. The exception is rare[3] varieties of white cacao, in which the seeds remain white.[4][5] Historically, white cacao was cultivated by the Rama people of Nicaragua.[citation needed]

Sandy Navas
March 9th, 2014, 07:47 PM
And aren't we all in favor of adding more fruit to our diet?

Cashews are also a fruit . . . didja know? The Story of the Cashew - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdMjW3W6SAY)

Just think how healthy we could be if we just ate chocolate covered cashews!

Pegger
March 9th, 2014, 09:07 PM
I knew I was on a veggie diet....

SallyO'Sews
March 9th, 2014, 09:31 PM
And aren't we all in favor of adding more fruit to our diet?

Cashews are also a fruit . . . didja know? The Story of the Cashew - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdMjW3W6SAY)

Just think how healthy we could be if we just ate chocolate covered cashews!

Quite so! Stepping away from the broccoli... :lol:

WendyI
March 10th, 2014, 01:28 PM
WOOO!! I'm on Weight Watchers and can eat as much fruit as I want without counting! LOL! Too bad...they mix it with fat and sugar to make the chocolate!

MRoy
March 10th, 2014, 02:10 PM
I knew there was a good reason why I love chocolate!