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I have 5-6 different cacao sub-species, can anyone identify by pod photos.

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Hey Fin;

There is only one species, and it's called Theobroma Cocoa.  There are "varieties" though, and those varieties are primarily "Criollo" and "Forastero".  There has been a lot of talk about a "Trinitario" variety, but I think these days claims of it existing are somewhat nebulous at best.


Typically Forastero pods are smooth and shaped like a footbal with rounded ends, while Criollo has a rough exterior, sometimes distinct ridges in the shell, and a fairly pronounced pointy tip.  Color is a bit all over the board, but Criollo is often a very pale green(but can also be yellow), while Forastero is usually yellow or red when ripe.


Like I said though.... Color is less of an indicator than the shape and texture of the pods.


Hope that helps.



Totally confirms what I thought but I have pictures and I am familiar with Latin


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