Chocolate in this area grows in the shade of giant mango trees. In fact this chocolate forest that we explored is called "Mango Walk." If you click on the picture and look closely, you can see the tiny blossoms that grow into the cocoa pods you can see on the trees. They are pollinated by tiny "no see-ums," the pests of many Florida beaches. You now know that they have one useful function besides annoying beach combers.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Chocolate Forest Tour
The Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica was isolated from the rest of Costa Rica until recently, the home of cocoa, banana, and mango groves planted by American Indians and other Caribbean immigrants who came by boat from Panama and other islands. English adventurers (the Spanish called them pirates) also hid among the islands and raided the cocoa shipments from the Spanish, who wanted to keep control of the chocolate trade.
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