Cacao Pods, Red, Two

April 3, 2013

Cacao pods range in color from yellow, to orange, to green, to red.  They can be smooth or warty.  All have a waxy coating that reflects and scatters light as a soft mirror surface.

The color of a cacao pod is a good indicator of the type of cacao.  Criollo, the most valued of the cacao types, typically has a yellow or red color.  These pods are deeply grooved and warty.  Contrast to the exceedingly more common forasteros; these pods are usually yellow and are smooth in texture.

The sometimes hardy trinitario type is a hybrid of the two.  Trinitarios range in appearance between the criollo and forastero cacaos.

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