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Cocoa Helpers

Started this discussion. Last reply by heather andall May 28, 2010. 4 Replies

Thanks to The Chocolate Life, I now know the importance of midges or sand flies, as we call them here, in relation to the fertilization of the cocoa flower.  Lying under a cocoa tree today, I…Continue

"Cocoa and Chocolate Their History from Plantation to Consumer"

Started this discussion. Last reply by heather andall May 25, 2010. 9 Replies

I just found this free online e book  (Click to view)Cocoa and Chocolate Their History from Plantation to Consumer by…Continue

 

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heather andall replied to heather andall's discussion Cocoa Helpers
"Ssssh.. .....it's research ! :)"
May 28, 2010
Sebastian replied to heather andall's discussion Cocoa Helpers
"They're probably doing the same thing you are - enjoying the tree 8-)"
May 27, 2010
Sebastian left a comment for heather andall
"Sorry, i'm new here, didn't realize there were comments on my wall (or even the ability to do so!).. didn't see yours here until just now! I spend a lot of time in strange places, not all of which are entirely safe. Not long ago I…"
May 27, 2010
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Wet year

"thanks Seneca and Clay...I think I must have got confused thinking that drought shocks some trees into producing more fruit."
May 27, 2010
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May 25, 2010
heather andall left a comment for Sebastian
"Being shot at? please tell us more....."
May 25, 2010
heather andall replied to heather andall's discussion Cocoa Helpers
"Thank you Sebastian,.... it wasn't the fertilization so much as i was wondering if , what and how these frequent visitors were up to......I had probably spent too long in the hot sun, .....but will still observe and see what I think they are…"
May 25, 2010
Sebastian replied to heather andall's discussion Cocoa Helpers
"Well, they're an integral part of the ecosystem at large, so in that sense, certainly. Most of what you mention, however, doesn't directly fertilize the pads, if that's what you're asking..."
May 25, 2010
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Cocoa Helpers

Thanks to The Chocolate Life, I now know the importance of midges or sand flies, as we call them here, in relation to the fertilization of the cocoa flower.  Lying under a cocoa tree today, I observed lots of other visitors. Does anyone know if lizards, millipedes, ants, birds or any other insect/ creature play an essential part in the development of the cocoa?See More
May 25, 2010
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"This is very interesting, I was working on the assumption that an extra dry, dry season , like the one we just had, would produce a bumper crop. We are just entering rainy season now, so I hope it's as wet as your was and gives us as many pods."
May 25, 2010
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Grinding stone

"Just wonderful. ...and to think I thought using my little hand grinder was hard work!"
May 25, 2010
heather andall replied to heather andall's discussion "Cocoa and Chocolate Their History from Plantation to Consumer"
"Thank you Seneca, that is a subject I really want to study., although, thanks to The Chocolate Life i have learned a lot I didn't know!"
May 25, 2010
Seneca Klassen replied to heather andall's discussion "Cocoa and Chocolate Their History from Plantation to Consumer"
"Knapp's book on fermentation is especially worthwhile...I've haven't seen it digitized (yet), but you can sometimes find copies on abebooks or alibris."
May 25, 2010
heather andall replied to heather andall's discussion "Cocoa and Chocolate Their History from Plantation to Consumer"
"sadly Amazon won't deliver to the West Indies."
May 25, 2010
heather andall replied to heather andall's discussion "Cocoa and Chocolate Their History from Plantation to Consumer"
"Thanks Vercruysse, and yes, I thought so too."
May 25, 2010
heather andall replied to heather andall's discussion "Cocoa and Chocolate Their History from Plantation to Consumer"
"Thanks Clay, will put it on my wish list, nothing like a hard copy to peruse."
May 25, 2010

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
is yet to come,...... hopefully.....have a small bucket of beans from about 40 pods, fermenting at the moment.
My favorite chocolate is:
the Grenada Chocolate Company http://www.grenadachocolate.com
Free online e book, COCOA AND CHOCOLATE by
ARTHUR W. KNAPP B. Sc. (B'ham.), F.I.C., B. Sc. (Lond.) written in 1920

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At 5:02pm on May 27, 2010, Sebastian said…
Sorry, i'm new here, didn't realize there were comments on my wall (or even the ability to do so!).. didn't see yours here until just now!

I spend a lot of time in strange places, not all of which are entirely safe. Not long ago I was in Mexico doing some work, and had the experience of being surrounded by a dozen militia men with machine guns. I also had a bag of sugar that was not labeled as such as it was fresh out of a sugar mill. Things got exciting from there 8-)
At 9:20pm on May 18, 2010, Jim said…
Heather,
I'm interested in the tool you have displayed on your page. I'm a cacau farmer in Brazil and have never seen a similar tool. We have harvesting tools that cut the pods off but a much lighter, simple hooked blade. It's not very efficient and yours looks like several generations ahead of our regional tools. what is it called and is it sold commercially or made locally?
 
 
 

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