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The origins and history of cacao

The origins and history of cacao

Cacao (Theobroma cacao) is a plant with a rich history that began in the historical region of Mesoamerica, or Central America as we know it today. Mesoamerica was home to many ancient civilisations, such as the Mokaya, the Olmecs, the Mayans, and the Aztecs, who were all believed to consume cacao1–8. The details concerned with where wild cacao first grew in Mesoamerica and when it was first domesticated for human use is still debated today. Recent archaeological evidence has suggested that cacao was being consumed as part of traditional ceremonies by ancient Peruvian civilisations as early as 5,500 years ago9....

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What is cacao?

What is cacao?

Learn about the cacao tree, the story of cacao and how the seeds are made into different products. The health benefits and way in which cacao works in our brain to make us feel good.
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