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Theobroma cacao
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Archived Images #
Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Trees #
Color photo of tree.
Photo by Thomas Shoepke.
Small potted Theobroma cacao tree in a 20 liter pot. [South America]
Photo by Hermes. © 2007 Erowid.org
Theobroma cacao fruit on the tree also showing leaves. [Vila Camboinha, Brazil]
Photo by Jon Hanna. © 2012 Erowid.org
Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Leaves #
Close-up of a branch of Theobroma cacao leaves. [Costa Rica]
Photo by Erowid. © 2007 Erowid.org
A branch of Theobroma cacao leaves showing newer red leaves and older green leaves. [Costa Rica]
Photo by Erowid. © 2007 Erowid.org
Color photo of leaves.
Photo by Erowid, © 2001 Erowid.org
Sign from botanical gardens near Hilo, Hawaii.
Photo by Erowid, © 2001 Erowid.org
Shiny green Theobroma cacao leaves.
Photo by Keeper Trout. © 2012 Erowid.org
Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seeds #
Color photo of cocoa seeds.
Photo by Erowid, © 2002 Erowid.org
Color photo of cocoa seeds.
Photo by Erowid, © 2002 Erowid.org
Color photo of cocoa seeds.
Photo by Erowid, © 2002 Erowid.org
After the fruit is consumed (or discarded), the T. cacao seeds are dried on a screen. Once dry, they can be consumed raw as a mildly stimulating snack. However, many people toast them to make them crunchier before eating them, blending them in milk, or making their own chocoolate confections. [Vila Camboinha, Brazil]
Photo by Jon Hanna. © 2012 Erowid.org
Color photo of 3 cocoa seeds with shells removed.
Photo by Erowid, © 2002 Erowid.org
Color photo of a cocoa seed, broken in half, with mold visible. Approx 2cm long.
Photo by Erowid, © 2002 Erowid.org
Color photo of cocoa seeds with shells removed.
Photo by Erowid, © 2002 Erowid.org
Color photo of the empty shell of one cocoa seed.
Photo by Erowid, © 2002 Erowid.org
Color photo of cocoa seeds and shell.
Photo by Erowid, © 2002 Erowid.org
Color photo of cocoa seed and shell.
Photo by Erowid, © 2002 Erowid.org
Color photo of cocoa seeds and shell.
Photo by Erowid, © 2002 Erowid.org
Color photo of cocoa seeds with US penny (penny is 1.9cm diameter).
Photo by Erowid, © 2002 Erowid.org
Color photo of cocoa seeds and broken pieces of dried cocoa.
Photo by Erowid, © 2002 Erowid.org
Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Fruit #
Color photo showing ripe orange Theobroma cacao fruit.
Photo by Erowid, © 2001 Erowid.org
Green Theobroma cacao fruit. Casually planted in many yards in areas of Brazil, T. cacao (chocolate) trees produce large fruit that is made into a juice and assorted liquors. Eaten fresh, it has a sweet-sour flavor somewhat reminiscent of moist bread. [Vila Camboinha, Brazil]
Photo by Jon Hanna. © 2012 Erowid.org
Close-up of a large Theobroma cacao fruit taken in Porto Seguro Bahia, Brazil. [Brazil]
Photo by Finn. © 2007 Erowid.org
Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Flower #
A single Theobroma cacao flower.
Photo by Keeper Trout. © 2013 Erowid.org
Botanical Drawings #
Color drawing of plant, flower and seeds.
From Kohler's Medicinal Plants, © 1995-2003 Missouri Botanical Garden.
Color drawing of cacao bean exterior and interior.
From Kohler's Medicinal Plants, © 1995-2003 Missouri Botanical Garden.
Color drawing showing plant, flowers, and fruit.
From "An Introduction to Materia Medica and Pharmacology" (1942).
Molecules #
2D molecule image.
Image by Erowid, © 2001 Erowid.org
Still 3D image of the Theobromine molecule.
Image by Erowid, © 2001 Erowid.org
Rotating 3D image of the Theobromine molecule.
Image by Erowid, © 2000 Erowid.org
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