Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Rosie Cocoa Day...

Every other Wednesday is cocoa day...


the cocoa pods slowly ripen from a minty green...


to  a rosey color...


while the cacao seeds grow and fill the inside of the pod


when the pods are a deep rose color...
it is time to harvest


the cacao pod is split open in the middle...
and the seeds are taken out...
and put into buckets


the dark seeds grow covered with a white, sweet, juicy, edible pulp...
that is fun to eat like candy


we take the cacao in to the cocoa association on the island...
either, wet or dry
most times, we take it in wet and they do the drying
a higher price is fetched when we do the drying ourselves
it just all depends on how much time we want to take to dry the cocoa...
it can take up to 2 weeks to dry in the sun


this is what I do with the cocoa we keep for ourselves...
we dry it in the sun;
roast it lightly to easily shell and bring out the cocoa flavor;
then, bag it to store in the pantry


I put some into my "coffee" mill jar to store for our evening cocoa tea


this jar has a mill on top to grind the beans for making cocoa tea...
I use my electric coffee grinder for a more powdery cocoa for baking


Now, I have got to show you my new rose...
my tiny rose bush has grown and blossomed out another soft pink rose...
this is not the same rose I put up on this post...
it is a second rose that quietly bloomed overnight...
and made me cry out in delight to my husband to come see!
I must say...
it wasn't quite as exciting to him, but that is okay...
he wanted the rose for me


may your day, or night be blooming ever so pretty

5 comments :

  1. Oh, that is so COOL! Thank you for showing how you make cocoa. Love the rose. (Well, how God makes it.) Blessings!

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  2. Hurray for another sweet rose! Very interesting... about the cacao. Of course being so far from where this is actually grown and processed I had never given much thought to it! I guess I just assumed it came in bar form, wrapped in tin foil... :)

    Blessings, Debbie

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  3. Do you sweeten your cocoa tea since it's quite bitter plain?

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  4. That cocoa is gorgeous love all the colors...ugh just amazing how you are able to grow so much wonderful food. I bet that is absolutely delicious. I like to spinkle a little on top of my cappucinos :) ~And your rose is so cute great pictures Love Heather

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