A Chocolate Vacation in St. Lucia
Chocolate starts with a tree that grows anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five feet.
The cacao trees (cocoa trees) produce a fruit called cacao. These cacao pods are shaped like a football which contain cacao beans.
There are different types of cacao trees:
– Criollo is the original cacao tree and is native to the Caribbean islands. The Criollo is considered the best and most prized ingredient that creates the finest chocolates.
– The Forastero, native to the Amazon basin. The Forastero cacao trees accounts for 80% of the world’s cocoa supply.
– The Trinitario cacao trees are a biological class hybrid created from cross-pollination. These were created in Trinidad after a hurricane in 1727 destroyed most of the Criollo cacao trees. The Trinidad cacao plantations were then replanted with Forastero which created the hybrid of Criollo and Forastero.
Are you a chocolate lover? CaribbeanDays can book your luxury villa stay so you can tour a cocoa plantation!
Guests can take a plantation tour that shares the history and tradition of Saint Lucian cocoa production. Tours sharing the history of cocoa production and chocolate making can be experienced at Morne Coubaril Estate, La Dauphine Estate, Fond Doux Holiday Plantation and the Jade Mountain’s Emerald Estate Organic Chocolate and Chocolate Laboratory.
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