Historical Cultivation And Usage

Theobroma cacao was first cultivated in 250—900 AD by the ancient civilizations of the Mayas and Aztecs in the Mesoamerican region (Knight, 1999). From its divine origins, cocoa was

FIGURE 42.1

Cocoa tree, cocoa pod, and cocoa seed. (A) Cocoa tree; (B) Cocoa beans exposed from the white cocoa butter that surrounds them inside the cocoa pod; (C) Cocoa seed. Reproduced with permission from The Beautiful Store.

FIGURE 42.1

Cocoa tree, cocoa pod, and cocoa seed. (A) Cocoa tree; (B) Cocoa beans exposed from the white cocoa butter that surrounds them inside the cocoa pod; (C) Cocoa seed. Reproduced with permission from The Beautiful Store.

introduced to the Spanish Royal Court in the mid-1550s (Dillinger et al., 2000). Cocoa had many uses, ranging from medicine to currency, in early Mesoamerican cultures (Dillinger et al., 2000). More than 100 medicinal uses of cocoa have been documented in Europe and New Spain (Dillinger et al., 2000).

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