Is This Cacao Pod Forastero, Criollo or Trinitario?

rhizophora(8)July 24, 2009


I was given a cacao pod today by a kind person at the Eden Project. It had fallen off the tree and the seeds inside had already germinated. The beans/developing seed leaves were purple in colour. I apologise for posting the same post in two forums, I meant to post in this one originally but I didn't realise I had posted it in the Tropical forum until it was too late! I would be very grateful if anyone could tell me what variety it looks like.

Thanks in advance :)


Immature pod on the same tree

The tag on the tree, perhaps the code indicates the variety?

The actual pod I have

Close up

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I did not realise the pods looked like that when they are opened up. Sure looks tastier as a chocolate bar versus a-la-natural when it reminds me of a Scottish Haggis...

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 5:07PM
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They dont usually but all the seeds had germinated inside. At first I thought it was full of worms!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2009 at 6:16AM
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aroideana(Tropical Australia)

Most likely Criollo .

    Bookmark   July 26, 2009 at 5:56AM
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The truth is it's unfortunatley impossible to tell from looks. I've been in plantations and seen the fruit pods vary so much in shape colour and size in the same variety. This is because of the amazing variety of genes in each seed.

One tree can be pollenated by many other trees in each of its flowers, plus trees can pollenate themselves, resulting in great visiual variety. Only genetic tests can identify cocoa.

I am currently writing a book on the Worlds 100 Best Chocolates which includes information on chocolate making, cocoa varieties and cultivation. Ian Whitaker.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 10:41AM
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murahilin(10 fl)

When will your book be released? Will it be available on amazon?

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 1:08PM
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mangodog(palm springs 9B)

Rhizo - yeah I thought they were worms too!


    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 5:24PM
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