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Interesting facts about cocoa you may not know

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

Have you heard or learned about the history of cacao? Do you know why cacao is called "the food of the gods"? There are interesting facts about cacao that make it so popular. Let's go back in time with VnAgroExports and discover interesting things about cocoa through this article!

1. Interesting facts about cocoa you may not know

Cocoa has a rich and diverse history, dating back to ancient times in the Mesoamerican region (including ancient Mexico and present-day Central America). In Mayan and Aztec cultures, cocoa was considered a sacred plant and was seen as "the food of the gods".

Central Americans believe that cocoa is a sacred drink bestowed on humans by the feathered serpent god. This god was known to the Maya as Kulkulkan and to the Aztecs as Quetzalcoatl. As a result, the Mayans and Aztecs used cocoa as an important part of their rituals and culture.

Interesting facts about cocoa you may not know
Today, cocoa trees are widely grown in many places

Cocoa is a year-round green tree, small woody, with a height of 4-8m, and in natural conditions, it can reach 10-20m tall. Cocoa pods are usually large, changeable in shape, and change color with time and the maturity of the fruit. The most popular cocoa variety is Trinitario, a cross between two different cocoa groups and accounts for about 10% of the world's finest cocoa beans.

Cocoa trees were introduced to Vietnam very early, following in the footsteps of Western missionaries. Currently, cocoa is widely grown in many regions, however, the Central Highlands is considered to have the most ideal conditions for developing cocoa trees.

2. Cocoa – “food of the gods”

Cacao essentially means "food of the gods" in Greek. It has a mysterious and fascinating taste, with an unforgettable seductive aroma and enchanting appearance, like a luxurious dark brown "cloak".

The scientific name of the cacao tree is Theobroma Cocoa, also known as the tree that produces chocolate. The name of the plant is derived from Greek, with "theos" meaning "god" and "broma" meaning "food", forming the phrase meaning "food of the gods".

Interesting facts about cocoa you may not know
Cocoa is worshiped by Central Americans as a sacred food

The terms "cacao" and "cocoa" are both derived from the native name of the tree in the Mesoamerican languages. Due to its popularity and significance, cocoa beans have also been used as a currency.

3. Cacao or cocoa? Which call is correct?

The truth is that both of these spellings are correct and have the same meaning as cocoa.

In terms of naming, both the spellings "cacao" and "cocoa" are correct and have the same meaning, referring to the plant and cocoa bean. The word "cocoa" in Vietnamese comes from the ancient Aztec word "xocolātl", where "xococ" means "bitter" and "ātl" means "water". The word was later adopted by the Spaniards as "cacao".

So both "cacao" and "cocoa" are correct names and represent a plant and cocoa bean with historical and economic importance to the Mesoamerican peoples.

Interesting facts about cocoa you may not know
Cocoa or cacao are both correct

"Cocoa" has been used over time with various meanings, including cacao tree, cocoa bean, and cocoa powder. In many different cultures, the term "cocoa" is still used to refer to aspects related to the cacao tree.

In English-speaking countries, the term "cocoa" became more common than the original term and continues to be used today. As such, "cocoa" and "cacao" both refer to the same thing, with no difference other than spelling.

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