Did U know??

@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
United States
October 28, 2009 9:18am CST
I learned something yesterday that i had never known & i feel like an idiot for not knowing. Thanks to my freend Cynthian for telling me about this. I have loved chocolate all my life but had never known it grew on trees. Please tell me other people didn't know this so i will not feel quite so stupid. Did u know??
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29 responses
29 Oct 09
lol yes cocoa beans grow on trees and chocolate is made out of them - It would be nice if chocolate bars gerw on trees though - I would have a garden full of them! I am curious to know where you thought chocolate came from?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Thanks for your response. I wouldn't mind having a tree like that to, lol. U know i guess i just have never given any thought to where it came from. Been around all my life & like so many things i just took it granted i guess.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
29 Oct 09
Yes, I did know that chocolate did grow on trees. Sorry. lol. I think they are made from the cocoa beans and I have seen pickers pick them off the trees. It sure looks like a lot of work and then they have to process it and package it and turn it into chocolate.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Thanks for responding. It's great to learn new things. U have a happy day.
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@nra091501 (176)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
yes they came from cacao trees. there are varieties available at our country. we used to suck the sap of the seeds. it tastes good -- a little sweet and a little sour. when the seeds were dried it's processed into chocolate cubes. if you boil it in water it's now a chocolate drink! when we were little we used to help our grandmother harvest cacao fruit and then dry the seeds. it's fun and i miss those times. these days we only have a few cacao trees... :(
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Thanks for your response & SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCES. i LOVE TO HEAR THINGS LIKE THAT. Grandmothers are so special , i'm glad u have these good memories w/yours. Have a great day.
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@kalyanam (11)
• India
29 Oct 09
Hello friend! Though I love chocolate, I never knew this before. So don't feel bad about it. I am happy at least now I learnt something new today. Cheer up! Thanks Kalyani
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Thanks for your respnse & welcome to mylot. I'm glad to know i wasn't the only one who didn't know this.. We never het too old to learn something new. I love doing that. Happy days to u.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
28 Oct 09
Of course it does now where does the coffee bean grow?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
28 Oct 09
nOT IN TENNESSEE, LOL.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
28 Oct 09
lol nope not in Tenn.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I think that would be great if they grew in TENNESSEE.
@zed_k4 (17630)
• Singapore
29 Oct 09
I knew this.. sometimes, there are certain things that I don't know too; and it's so cool to know it and then we can learn something from it too. I don't have anything new and good to share right now; but if I have, I'll tell you.. That's why they say dark chocolates are good for health... now it makes sense to me totally, now that you've came up with this discussion..
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Thanks for your response, Zed. U share w/me anytime, i'd love it, like to learn new things. Have a happy day.
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@zed_k4 (17630)
• Singapore
30 Oct 09
I'll try my best.. Take care..
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
30 Oct 09
U have a great weekend.
@dlr297 (5358)
• United States
28 Oct 09
Their is no need to feel stupid about learning anything, i think that we all learn things everyday no matter how old we are. I knew that chocolate came from a bean from a tree. The one that got me when i learned where it came from was cinnamon...It comes from the bark of a tree. I did not feel stupid i was just glad that i learned something new.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I love learning something new. I think mylot is a good place to learn new things. thanks for your response.
@dlr297 (5358)
• United States
28 Oct 09
You are right it is a great place to learn different things, also about all the different cultures, and the way people do things differently.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Good morning, It's great we never get too old to learn new things. I love it. Have a great day.
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
30 Oct 09
Hello Antiquelady, I know about cocoa tree as we had a few cocoa trees behind the backyard of my parents' house. You don't have to feel that way just because you don't know that chocolate comes from cocoa tree. At least, you are not shy to admit that you don't know about it and that sounds good!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Thanks for your response & your kind words. I am the type of person that can admit to all my faults & i have a bunch of them., Hope u have a great weekend.
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I knew this since I read A LOT! Can't remember where I read it but wouldn't surprise me if it was in one of my many magazines that I read.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
29 Oct 09
gOOD FOR YOU. i GUESS WE NEVER GET TOO OLD TO LEARN & THAT'S A GOOD THING. tHANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE.Hope u have a good day.
@salonga (28007)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Are you serious my friend! You don't know that chocolates are from cacao which is a tree! Well I can't blame you! I too could not claim I know where all my favorite snacks come from. Well also as a child I also did not know that chocolates come from cacao it was only my Mom who told me so. In my ancestral home, our neighbors have lots of cacao trees and before my Mom told me, hardly did I know, they are being used to make my favorite chocolates. In fact most of the time, cacao fruits were seen all over our playground because we would throw it all over like balls.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I am serious, my friend. We don't have those kind of trees in tennessee, . I don't know one tree from the other any way but if i had a chocolate tree i'd know it, i bet.. Mylot is a good place to learn new things. I enjoy hearing from people about their customs etc. from other countries. Have a happy day.
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@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
29 Oct 09
I know about it, that chocolate comes from trees. There is this what we call "tabliya" in the visayas region, here in the philippines. Chocolates are being sold here in the local market, and it comes in round like coins about one and a half inches round and about one fourth of an inch thick. We boil some water and add 1 piece to make a hot chocolate drink which locals here call "sikwate". Sugar has to be added to sweeten. We also use "tabliya" to make "champorado", a kind of rice porridge or cereal, favorite of the kids around here.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
29 Oct 09
Thanks for sharing the interesting things that u did. I like hearing about other people's ways. Mylot is a good place to learn. Hope u & your family have a great day. Thanks for responding.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Oct 09
Don't feel bad jo! I never really thought about it before this discussion..lol...I just enjoyed it's presence. Wow..a tree huh?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
28 Oct 09
gUESS US tENNESSEE GIRLS LEARNED SOMETHING, that's a good thing. I just couldn't believe as much as i have always loved chocolate that i had never known this. Thanks for responding, Jen.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
28 Oct 09
LOL, sorry Jo, but I did know this. But then I belong to the National Geographic Society and watch a LOT of public television. A lot of people worry about the amount of caffeine in chocolate too, so here's a link that will educate you about that:http://www.food-info.net/uk/qa/qa-fp47.htm Isn't it great to learn something new every day? LOL Oh, and Jo, be careful about using full user names in discussions. It's against the rules...............
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
28 Oct 09
No need to apologize , my friend. I know u are a smart girl.. I love learning new things & mylot gives me that advantage alot of days. Thanks for the warning to. Have a good one. jo
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Oct 09
Why yes and that is how all the parrots that Cynthia collects get their broken wings, they fly over to the chocolate trees and eat and eat until they fall off!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
28 Oct 09
POOR THINGS, I didn't know that either, lol.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
28 Oct 09
Chocolate is made from cocoa. So yes, chocolate is the product from a cocoa pod. My country produces cocoa by the tons. They export cocoa overseas to be manufactured into chocolates or cocoa powder.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
28 Oct 09
Thanks for your response, Zandi. Don't see any of those trees in TENNESSEE.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
28 Oct 09
choclate grows on trees!!come on, you are kidding!!next i will hearing that money too grows on trees.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
28 Oct 09
Chocolate does grow on trees! - Open cacao pods inside of which are the seeds that are fermented into chocolate.
These are the pods of cocao beans from cacao trees. The white things are the actual cacao seeds and as they are left to ferment the chocolate flavour becomes enriched. So yes, chocolate does grow on trees.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
28 Oct 09
As good as i love chocolate i'd rather have a money tree,. If u find one let me know where u got it, lol.Thanks for your response.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
28 Oct 09
Thanks for the picture, Sparks.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
Hi Aunty, sorry I did know that one. Here's another one as a shock. Bread grows on trees too. Well actually there is a tree somewhere but I cannot remember where which produces bread fruit, no resemblance at all to the stuff from the bakery. (I didn't know the bread one though until my son told me).
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I'm glad u knew so need to tell me sorry. I had heard of the bread fruit tree, i think Cynthi told me about that to. She's a smart lady just like u are. How is the weather there today?
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
Extremely changeable. I wrapped up warm for the parade which was about 15 minutes drive away setting of in gloomy weather, arrived to an almost heatwave for the parade, then drove home in torrential rain which has continued off and on all day. But amazingly for the parade itself beautiful weather. Is it still miserable weather at your end too?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I'm glad there was pretty weather for the parade.
@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I didn't know that either!! Amazing some of the things we learn! I remember growing up, going through certain phases, thinking that I knew everything!! I finally realized I don't know everything and I never will!! Thanks for that tidbit of info!!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
13 Nov 09
U ARE VERY WELCOME. We never get too old to lear & i think that's good. Thanks for your response.
• India
11 Nov 09
Your frnd just making fun of u and nothing else serouesly...........i love chocolate but not this much that people make fun of me or do whatever they like to do.........
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
11 Nov 09
tHANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE. dON'T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO FOLKS THAT MAKE FUN OF U FOR ANY REASON. MISERY loves company i always heard.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
3 Nov 09
Oh gosh Jo, I'm right along beside you sweetie because I didn't know this either! I do find it really interesting though. I also find it interesting in how people back in those days figured out what to do with each thing that they found like for example, tree bark was used as a laxative. YUCK! but hey, what ever works! lol
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
3 Nov 09
Makes me feel better, lol. it is amazing how they did find out things. I still think some of the old remedies are better than all this strong medicine they have u take nowadays. thanks for responding.