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Mark Guiltinan
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Mark Guiltinan commented on Clay Gordon's group The Science of Chocolate
"Romi, check out the world cocoa foundation website....  they have a very good library of cacao science.....   http://www.worldcocoafoundation.org/scientific-research/research-library.html   Mark Guiltinan"
Jun 20, 2011
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The Science of Chocolate

Are you interested in all the nitty gritty details of cacao and chocolate - genetics, geopolitics, agronomy, taxonomy, and the like? Then this is the group to join to take a deep dive into chocolate.
Apr 17, 2011
Mark Guiltinan commented on Jeff Stern's blog post Ecuador's Super Cacao
"I have heard that term used in Ecuador too.  It is a great idea to work with farmers to identify elite trees (farmer participatory selection in plant breeder terms).  Individual plants with elite traits must be propagated vegetatively to…"
Mar 30, 2011
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Dec 13, 2010
Mark Guiltinan replied to Heidi Ash's discussion Growing trees from Cocoa Seeds.
"No sorry I do not have a source of seeds but have seen them online from time to time. Problem is, they have no dormancy, so its pretty difficult. They are restricted for importation into the US so to do it legally you need a phytosanitary permit…"
Aug 30, 2010
Mark Guiltinan replied to Casey's discussion Chocolates of Ecuador -- Arriba, Nacional, CCN51
"Yes you are right, the color, indicating the presence of flavonoids, is found in most cacao, but some "rare/pure" are white/pinkish. Normally, the purple color trait segregates as a dominant trait, so yes, in a cross with a criollo, the…"
Aug 30, 2010
Mark Guiltinan replied to Heidi Ash's discussion Growing trees from Cocoa Seeds.
"I have grown cacao plants indoors and they can adapt to low humidity just fine. I have produced pods in the elevator lobby outside my office! Check out the attached pdf with instructions how to grow a cacao plant indoors, complete with pictures of…"
Aug 30, 2010
Mark Guiltinan replied to Casey's discussion Chocolates of Ecuador -- Arriba, Nacional, CCN51
"Just to be clear about the photo... the wrinkled things near the bottom are the cotyledons, which are formed during embryo development and make up the bulk of the seed, after germination these stay on the plant for a week or two and all the…"
Aug 30, 2010
Mark Guiltinan is now a member of The Chocolate Life
May 11, 2010

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
when our chocolate fountain jammed with pretzel bits and spewed chocolate all over our kitchen and my wife
My favorite chocolate is:
65% with nibs

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