Inside of the pod are some seeds, the outside of the seeds is sweet in taste and can be eaten. The seeds are put to dry and then roasted in a pot or wood fire. Once its completely roasted its stripped and then pounded or grinded into a powder and then molded to form this beauty on the right.
Dark chocolate contains healthful antioxidants similar to those found in tea, red wine, fruits, and vegetables.
Chocolate is also known as the food of love. It evokes feel-good and confident emotions in us that can make us more romantic, earning it the reputation as an aphrodisiac.
Cacao is one of the foods with the highest amounts of antioxidants and bio-available minerals. We need antioxidants to help free the body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are linked to the ageing process and may be a cause of cancer. Therefore, eating antioxidant-rich foods such as dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and even slow the signs of ageing.
Minerals such as magnesium, potassium and copper, which are found in high concentrations in dark chocolate, helps to prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
It can be used to make tea, cakes and pastries, chocolate bars etc.