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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

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Seed to pod cocoa tree processing

The process of growing Cacao tree cocoa seedlings to cocoa beans in Africa is worth globally $135 billion, seed to pod cocoa tree processing step.

Africa is the center of the chocolate making world.

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From seed to pod cocoa tree processing step by step. 

Cocoa seedlings and shade tree seedlings grown in a nursery. 

Cocoa seedlings planted, shade trees planted. Ripe cocoa pods harvested from trees. 

Pods broken, cocoa beans and pulp removed. 

Cocoa beans fermented under banana leaves. 

Well-fermented cocoa beans dried, either in the sun on raised mats or in solar dryers. 

Cocoa beans put into sacks for transport. 

Weighing and checking at buying the station. 

Farmers compensated individually or through co-operatives, premiums paid.


About Cocoa beans to chocolate.

Cocoa beans are the principal ingredient of chocolate made from the cacao pod. Walk through the process from growing the cacao pod to the chocolate we all know and love. The cacao tree is tender making growing chocolate trees a risky business.

The first recorded evidence of chocolate as a food product goes back the Mayans and Aztecs who made a drink from the beans of the cocoa tree. Chocolate was known as a beverage until the Nineteenth Century when eating chocolate was made. The Cacao tree or Theobroma cacao is the source of cocoa beans, chocolate and so much more. 

The cacao tree grows wild in the forests of tropical regions but is also one of the tender trees of tropical growth. Cocoa has always grown in many parts of the African tropics. The cacao-tree grows wild in the forests of tropical regions growing well in humid tropical climates with regular rains and a short dry season.

The fruit is an egg-shaped red to brown pod that contains 30 to 40 seeds, depending on the variety. A bittersweet white pulp surrounds each cocoa pod. 

When the seeds are dried and fermented in the sun they are brownish red and known as cocoa beans which are the principal ingredient of chocolate. After roasting, the beans are crushed in a machine and ground into cocoa powder.

Cocoa beans are the principal ingredient of chocolate.
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Africa produces well over 65% of the world’s cocoa beans. Many African countries now grow cocoa trees, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Congo but the main producers are Ghana, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire.

Côte d’Ivoire is the single largest producer of cocoa, accounting for approximately 31% of the world’s supply. Other leading cocoa farming countries include Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana, Indonesia, and Nigeria.

Though a tropical crop, it does not like the sun and grows in the shade of other important crops such as banana, oil palm, and rubber as well as fruit trees such as avocado, breadfruit, guava, mango, orange and coconut.

There are three broad types of cocoa forastero and crillo plus trinitario. Forastero is the major portion of all cocoa grown, amelonado is a forastero variety most widely grown in West Africa and other regions. The peak time for harvesting Cocoa trees is between September and December in West Africa.

Homemade Chocolate Bar Ingredients
Homemade Chocolate Bar Ingredients


Recipe for Homemade Chocolate Bars

Ingredients 

1/2 cup coconut oil 

1/2 cup cocoa powder 

3 tablespoons honey 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions 

Gently melt coconut oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla extract into melted oil until well blended. Pour mixture into a candy mold or pliable tray. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.


More economical easy breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes to make right now so you never have to eat or prepare a boring meal again.

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  2. Frikkadelle an Afrikaner dish of meatballs
  3. Senegalese Chicken Vermicelli
  4. Chadian Steamed Honey Cassava Buns
  5. Cameroon Smoked Bonga Fish Stew

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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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