Process - From Tree to Bean
Did you know that cacao is a fermented food?
- Cocoa beans occur in the fruit pods of the tree, Theobroma cacao.
- The beans are embedded in a viscous, sugary pulp and after harvesting the beans and pulp are removed from the pods.
- Microbial fermentation of the beans and pulp occurs naturally, which degrades the pulp and facilitates subsequent drying of the beans.