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COURTESY NAT BLETTER / MADRE CHOCOLATE Trinitario cacao pods growing in Kaneohe. Pods growing on the tree's trunk is unfamiliar in temperate areas and in the Asian and African tropics but somewhat common in the Latin American tropics.
COURTESY ROBYN TITCOMB Madre Chocolate chocolatier Kristen Klassen pours chocolate tablets.
COURTESY NICOLE BURNS Nat Bletter explains how to check a cacao pod's ripeness.