Ripe fruit - yellow, still growing - green, black - dead fruits
(not enough energy in the tree to mature) & flowers
|Whole fruit with cocoa seed inside|
|Dried seed & nib (chocolate centre)|
|Roasted seed & nibs (chocolate inside)|
|The finished product - yummy!|
We have been to a few so-called chocolate factories over the years, but they all just used bulk-purchased chocolate buds as a starting point for making their chocolates. This place, Charley's, actually grow the cocoa plants, and demonstrated the process of chocolate making from planting to plate. It was quite interesting, and dare I say, educational.