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Chocolate Gecko

There’s more than one kind of chocolate gecko, but I like this guy, although why he’s a chocolate gecko is kind of hard to understand.  The chocolate in my blog refers to cacao seedlings which we’re starting and growing here because cacao or raw chocolate is an incredible food, and if you don’t know about it look up David Wolfe who (along with Shazzie) wrote a great book called Naked Chocolate, which I haven’t really read, to be honest, but I have it and skimmed it.  The Aztecs used chocolate seeds as money, not gold, which they had plenty of but you can’t eat or grow trees with gold, so what good is it except as decoration?  Those were the days, before the conquerors.  The Guatuso Indians lived up here, hundreds, perhaps thousands, over thousands of years, growing cacao trees which can still be found around their cemeteries.

 

And here’s a cacao tree for those of you who have never seen one. As you see, the fruit hangs low and even from the trunk.  In each fruit pod are from 25 to 50 seeds.   We have 125 of the hardy Indian variety planted around the house, and amongst the fruit trees.

We’ll have more on this topic as we learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chocolate Gecko

Growing cacao, herbs, and Goji berries in Zona Norte, Costa Rica.

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