There’s more to Hawaii than the beach

There’s chocolate too!!!  Yup, Hawaii has a working chocolate farm www.ohcf.us/.  It’s a small farm but gives tours and grows specific species of chocolate…heck, do you really need extra reasons to visit a chocolate farm???

They process pretty much everything by hand on the farm and the first thing you see is the chocolate – excuse me! the COCOA beans on drying racks in the Hawaiian sun

The smell in the air was pure chocolate

The smell in the air was pure chocolate

They look artistic from a different angle:

Beneath the drying rack

Beneath the drying rack

 

But we soon leave these behind to look at the actual trees growing row on row. The ground is littered with fallen leaves on purpose. They are dry and crackle when you walk on them and deep. It gives me pause to think what they might be covering up, but the whole place is quite dry and not hiding any nasty surprises like mud or mice.

The Cocoa tree grove with leaves carpetting the ground

The Cocoa tree grove with leaves carpetting the ground

 

If you’ve never seen cocoa pods on the tree before, they look like something out of an alien movie. The farm grows a couple kinds of cocoa and the colour and striations on the pods can differ. The cocoa flower is amazingly small. There was only one left on the tree.

These were piled in a wheelbarrow waiting to be processed

These were piled in a wheelbarrow waiting to be processed

I had to look hard to find it and then it was really hard to photograph at an awkward angle on a slippery floor

I had to look hard to find it and then it was really hard to photograph at an awkward angle on a slippery floor

Cocoa pods

The tour explains how it goes from these pods to cleaning to drying to a finished product. When the pods were cut open, we can see the seeds which are coated in a milky substance (also sweet) and attached to a fiber (also sweet) which some visitors found irresistable.

Fresh cocoa seeds and visitors

Fresh cocoa seeds and visitors

 

And the final product

yum!

yum!

 

 

 

 

 

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