First installment of a much longer project-yes I have what could be known as a fondness for chocolate! As I do more research on the subject I will add more posts.
Who can resist its taste, silky, smooth and so satisfying?
Who can imagine Valentines Day without it?
Theobroma cacao is the scientific name given to this unassuming tree by Swedish scientist Carl von Linnaues in 1753. Long before that it was called Cacahuaquchtl and grew in the forests of Yucatán and Guatemala. The name means cocoa tree or more simply to the Maya it just called “tree”. It was the Tree of the Mayan Gods.
Oddly enough the first part of the chocolate trees scientific name is from the Greek and means” food of the gods.” Cacao is the trees New Word name.
Roasted and ground up the seeds of the cocoa pods were then whisked into water with perhaps chili’s, musk, honey or maze. The Maya called this drink tchacahoua and it was called tchocoatl by the Aztec. Notice it was only sweetened by honey, if that. Then you drank it, this sacred food of the gods because they were good and it honored them.
More at another time on the history of this wonderful plant but now check the link below for some recipes and other foods that are associated with” love” and Valentines Day.