Thursday, November 18, 2010

Not a Touch of Citrus

Among the wide variety of citrus taste in the non-citrus world one surprising source was chocolate. I'm not talking about the chocolate orange which has flavors added to it but just the natural flavor that can be brought out of certain cocoa beans.
The variety of flavors that can come from the bean itself can be quite amazing depending on where the plant is grown and what variety it is.
I went on a cruise earlier this month where my wife lectured on a number of topics including chocolate and we were able to go to a farm that raised cacao plants as well as coffee, bananas, sugar and citrus.
The samples we tasted there were wonderful. My new favorite taste is the white pulp from the cacao pod that surrounds the beans. It's like a sweet pineapple flavor.

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