History of ChocolateTheobroma, native to Mexico, Central and South America, has been cultivated for atleast three millennia.Evidence of the oldest known cultivation and use of cacao at a site in PuertoEscondido, Honduras, dating from about 1100 to 1400 BC.Until the 16th century, no European had ever heard of chocolate.It was not until the Spanish that chocolate could be imported to Europe.The first chocolate house opened in London in 1657Chocolate in its solid form was invented in 1847. The result was the first modernchocolate bar.
Several types of chocolate can be distinguished. Pure, unsweetened chocolatecontains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions. Much of thechocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate.European rules specify a minimum of 25% total dry cocoa solids for Milk ChocolateDark chocolate is produced by adding fat and sugar to the cacao mixture. The U.S.Government calls this "sweet chocolate", and requires a 15% concentration of chocolateliquor. European rules specify a minimum of 35% cocoa solidsDark chocolate, with its high cocoa content, is a rich source of epicatechin and gallicacidRoughly two-thirds of the entire worlds cocoa is produced in Western Africa, with 43%sourced from Côte dIvoire
Cacao trees are small, understory trees that need rich, well-drained soils.They naturally grow within 20 degrees of either side of the equator because they needabout 2000 millimeters of rainfall a year, and temperatures in the range of 21 to 32degrees Celsius. Cacao trees cannot tolerate a temperature lower than 15 degreesCelsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit).The three main varieties of cacao beans used in chocolate are criollo, forastero, andtrinitario.Representing only five percent of all cocoa beansGrown, criollo is the rarest and most expensivecocoa on the market and is native to Central America, the Caribbean islands and the northern tier ofSouth American states
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