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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