Thursday, September 13, 2007

Chocolate tree

Day before yesterday I was wandering around an area of the Bosque where I haven't been in quite awhile. It was an old homestead site several decades old, so there are still lots of old chocolate trees (Theobroma cacao) in that location. The forest undergrowth is getting quite congested, so the number of trees and production have been reduced considerably since we bought the property in 1981. Then too, the monkeys get to the fruit before I do, which is a plus. The fruit you see in the attached image is nearly mature. When it begins to turn yellow, it's ready for harvest. Notice that the fruit comes directly off the trunk of the tree. As the botanists would say, it's a cauliforus tree.

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