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How to grow cacao at home

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Jun 7. 6 Replies

Cocoaroma has a new issue!

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Tom replied to Lorna's discussion How to grow cacao at home
"Hi Chantelle, where you have it in the shop it probably isnt getting enough sun. I have one on the window sil at work. It has been growing well for 2 years and is about 70 cm tall now. I planted one in Darwin at my sister in laws house and it was…"
Jun 7
Chantelle Giardina replied to Lorna's discussion How to grow cacao at home
"I also have a little cacao tree. I haven't had it long- probably 2 months. We haven't really given it enough attention and it's not going so well. It's about to get really cold here in South Australia- was wondering if anyone has…"
Jun 7
Miguel Pujols replied to Lorna's discussion How to grow cacao at home
"Hello Lorna, it's interesting to hear that you are trying to grow cacao plants. Unfortunately the cacao trees are very sensitive and require specific geographic and weather conditions. The good news are that with technology we have been able to…"
May 20

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Most memorable chocolate experience:
Homemade organic vegan truffles from Berkeley in flavors like spicy who-knows-what turned me into a chocolate alchemist.

With my new-found appreciation, i most reveled in the day my boo and I took a bar of Chocovic Guaranda to the beach in Half Moon Bay and watched the waves lap at our bottle of Chimay buried in the sand to chill. A perfect tasting pair with perfect ambiance.
My favorite chocolate is:
Chocovic Guaranda (Ecuador forastero) from Spain, avail at Trader Joe's

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Do biotic community dynamics of shaded coffee plantations inform cacao plantations?

Posted on January 29, 2008 at 8:12pm 0 Comments

I went to a talk last week about the dynamics of biotic communities on coffee plants on a 100 year-old organic shaded coffee plantation. The biotic interactions were fascinating, and ever increasing as the speaker elaborated on her research. The speaker was Ivette Perfecto from the University of Michigan. Here's the gist:

Arboreal ants live in nests in the shade trees and come down to tend scales (coffee herbivores) on the coffee plants and eat the honeydew produced by the scales. At… Continue

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At 3:31pm on January 3, 2009, Teresa said…
Holy Cow! I just had the best toffee I've ever experienced: white chocolate macadamia fleur de sel.
At 1:54pm on February 13, 2008, Teresa said…
Oh yeah!! Orange blossoms. Yum. I hadn't thought about that one for ages. Dee-lish. My next project is to try to nail down red velvet cake. Yesterday was the first step: making food coloring the old fashioned way -- out of beets.
At 9:27am on February 13, 2008, Teresa said…
Hey Lorna, Have you seen the Green Guide's thing on organic chocolate?
At 9:56pm on February 1, 2008, Teresa said…
Excellent. I'll pay it a visit! We just finished a fine hot chocolate, and I'm now convinced that the secret ingredient (besides salt, duh) is a quick whirl in a powerful blender before serving. Frothing things up makes such a difference.
At 6:34pm on January 29, 2008, Teresa said…
Hmm...what will the local flavors be around here? There's the whole muscadine grape and green fig thing, as well as stuff like sorghum and chicory. I'll have to give more thought to this and see which flavors want to make friends with chocolate.
At 6:00pm on January 29, 2008, Sean Cooney said…
It's actually a standard, flourless chocolate cake. It was, however, my first run in with such a cake and remains my favorite of the species. It's from The River Cafe Cookbook by Rogers and Grey.
At 11:46am on January 29, 2008, Clay Gordon said…

Welcome to The Chocolate Life and thanks for jumping in feet first with your thoughts. The Chocovic Guaranda at Trader Joe's one of the better deals going on chocolate.

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