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Where can I get a Cacao pod?
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November 12, 2005 - 7:19 pm
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My daughter is doing a speech on Chocolate, and would like to obtain a cacao pod to use as a visual aid in her presentation. Does anyone know where I can get one (we live in the USA)?

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Sadly, you're going to find this neigh on impossible. On rare occasions you can get dried pods in the US, but fresh pods have USDA pest issues that make it very difficult. (Even/especially from Hawai'i...)

Here's one possible resource from Florida:
http://www.tropicalfruitnursery.com

Good luck!

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Unless you were to go to Mexico and smuggle one across the border. But you can easily buy cacao beans if that's of any use. You could order a box of Domori's Kashaya for approximately $12 and bring it in for the class to taste a cacao bean's flavor right before being processed into chocolate. I would love to see their faces.

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Good tip! (Not that I endorse smuggling :-) You can also get raw cacao (fermented and dried) from a few sources, which can be interesting for demos, etc. (Not to mention making your own chocolate...) Here are a couple links for that:
http://www.stoneandgiacomotto......_beans.php
http://www.chocolatealchemy.com

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Just a thought, but i've been to a lot of indoor tropical conservatories (Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee) and all seem to have Cocoa trees and might have a pod around. Maybe calling and asking?

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