Fun Facts About the History of Cacao Posted on 12 Jan 19:48 , 0 comments
- Theobroma tree:” food of the gods” was named in 1737
- Some scientists believe that cacao's origin is from Mesoamerica, which included Central and South Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and western Honduras, while other scientists believe its origin is from South America.
- Analysts have detected cacao in pottery that was used in ceremonial rituals from Mesoamerica dating all the way back to 600-400 BC.
- Cacao was illustrated as a symbol of wealth and power in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.
- Gifts of cacao were exchanged during agricultural ceremonies to help produce healthy and abundant crops. The Theobroma tree thrives on water, the shade of other trees and helps to preserve rain forests, therefore provides a healthy eco-system.
- A traditional drink of cacao and corn was offered during marriage ceremonies representing wealth, success and fertility.
- The Florentine Codex (a manuscript depicting the history of Central Mexican society) noted an Aztec remedy using cacao, corn and spices that were used to decrease a fever, shortness of breath and heart disease in 1590.
- Cocoa brought to Europe in the 16th century
- When the Spanish brought cacao back to Europe from Mesoamerica in the 16th century, they created over 100 medicinal uses using the seed.
“where there is cacao, there is life”-Venzuelan plantation worker
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