Split criollo pod, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala 2011
       
     
 Criollo cacao pod, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala 2011
       
     
 Flores de criollo, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala 2011
       
     
 Trinitario cacao pod, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala 2011
       
     
 Cacao pod in the branches, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 Calliandra sp. flower, Mexico City botanical garden, 2008
       
     
 Pimienta dioica (Allspice), Tikal, Guatemala 2011
       
     
 Piper sanctum inflorescence, San Jose, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote tree) leaves, Tikal, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 Quararibea funebris (Rosita de Cacao) in bud, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008
       
     
 Magnolia mexicana in flower, Mexico City botanic garden, Mexico, 2008
       
     
 Dried Magnolia mexicana flowers
       
     
 Capsicum sp. (Chilli), Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008
       
     
 Bixa orellana (Achiote) pods, Alta Verapaz, Lanquin, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 Orbignya guacuyule, dried seeds
       
     
 Chiranthodendron pentadactylon flower (Manita de Leon), Mexico City botanic garden, Mexico, 2008
       
     
 Dried Manita de Leon (Chiranthodendron pentadactylon) flowers
       
     
 Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) tree, Tikal, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) fruit, Tikal, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) dried seeds
       
     
 Calliandra sp., Mexico City botanic garden, Mexico, 2008
       
     
 Cacahuatl drawing from Codex Badianus, c.1552
       
     
 J-P con cacao fresco (J-P with fresh cacao), San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 Mechanically ground cacao, Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 Dona Ca'al performs manual separation of cocoa butter from cocoa mass, Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 Manteca de cacao (cocoa butter) cooling off in a water butt, Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 Dona Ca'al winnowing cacao, Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 Chocolate herviendo con agua (chocolate boiled with water) for making cocoa butter. Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 A cool drink of Pozol, Palenque, Mexico, 2011
       
     
 Senora Navarro-Gomez toasting cacao for Tejate, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008
       
     
 Tejate for sale, Oaxaca city, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2011
       
     
 Toasting criollo with comales, London, U.K., 2011
       
     
 Shelling toasted cacao, London, U.K., 2011
       
     
 Grinding chocolate spices, London, U.K., 2011
       
     
 Chocolate-ready spice blend, London, U.K., 2011
       
     
 Adding the spices for grind #2, London, U.K., 2011
       
     
 Cooling chocolate disks, London, U.K., 2011
       
     
 The finished product - Mesoamerican hot chocolate (with added maple syrup), Yorkshire, U.K., 2011
       
     
 Flor de Trinitario Cacao, rancha de Don Angel, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala, 2011
       
     
 Cacao tree in the mural from Cacaxtla's 'Venus temple', reproduction in Museo de Antropologico, Mexico City, 2011
       
     
 Split criollo pod, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala 2011
       
     

Split criollo pod, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala 2011

 Criollo cacao pod, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala 2011
       
     

Criollo cacao pod, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala 2011

 Flores de criollo, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala 2011
       
     

Flores de criollo, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala 2011

 Trinitario cacao pod, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala 2011
       
     

Trinitario cacao pod, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala 2011

 Cacao pod in the branches, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

Cacao pod in the branches, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala, 2011

 Calliandra sp. flower, Mexico City botanical garden, 2008
       
     

Calliandra sp. flower, Mexico City botanical garden, 2008

 Pimienta dioica (Allspice), Tikal, Guatemala 2011
       
     

Pimienta dioica (Allspice), Tikal, Guatemala 2011

 Piper sanctum inflorescence, San Jose, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

Piper sanctum inflorescence, San Jose, Guatemala, 2011

 Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote tree) leaves, Tikal, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote tree) leaves, Tikal, Guatemala, 2011

 Quararibea funebris (Rosita de Cacao) in bud, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008
       
     

Quararibea funebris (Rosita de Cacao) in bud, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008

 Magnolia mexicana in flower, Mexico City botanic garden, Mexico, 2008
       
     

Magnolia mexicana in flower, Mexico City botanic garden, Mexico, 2008

 Dried Magnolia mexicana flowers
       
     

Dried Magnolia mexicana flowers

 Capsicum sp. (Chilli), Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008
       
     

Capsicum sp. (Chilli), Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008

 Bixa orellana (Achiote) pods, Alta Verapaz, Lanquin, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

Bixa orellana (Achiote) pods, Alta Verapaz, Lanquin, Guatemala, 2011

 Orbignya guacuyule, dried seeds
       
     

Orbignya guacuyule, dried seeds

 Chiranthodendron pentadactylon flower (Manita de Leon), Mexico City botanic garden, Mexico, 2008
       
     

Chiranthodendron pentadactylon flower (Manita de Leon), Mexico City botanic garden, Mexico, 2008

 Dried Manita de Leon (Chiranthodendron pentadactylon) flowers
       
     

Dried Manita de Leon (Chiranthodendron pentadactylon) flowers

 Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) tree, Tikal, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) tree, Tikal, Guatemala, 2011

 Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) fruit, Tikal, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) fruit, Tikal, Guatemala, 2011

 Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) dried seeds
       
     

Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) dried seeds

 Calliandra sp., Mexico City botanic garden, Mexico, 2008
       
     

Calliandra sp., Mexico City botanic garden, Mexico, 2008

 Cacahuatl drawing from Codex Badianus, c.1552
       
     

Cacahuatl drawing from Codex Badianus, c.1552

 J-P con cacao fresco (J-P with fresh cacao), San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

J-P con cacao fresco (J-P with fresh cacao), San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala, 2011

 Mechanically ground cacao, Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

Mechanically ground cacao, Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011

 Dona Ca'al performs manual separation of cocoa butter from cocoa mass, Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

Dona Ca'al performs manual separation of cocoa butter from cocoa mass, Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011

 Manteca de cacao (cocoa butter) cooling off in a water butt, Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

Manteca de cacao (cocoa butter) cooling off in a water butt, Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011

 Dona Ca'al winnowing cacao, Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

Dona Ca'al winnowing cacao, Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011

 Chocolate herviendo con agua (chocolate boiled with water) for making cocoa butter. Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

Chocolate herviendo con agua (chocolate boiled with water) for making cocoa butter. Rex'hua, Guatemala, 2011

 A cool drink of Pozol, Palenque, Mexico, 2011
       
     

A cool drink of Pozol, Palenque, Mexico, 2011

 Senora Navarro-Gomez toasting cacao for Tejate, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008
       
     

Senora Navarro-Gomez toasting cacao for Tejate, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008

 Tejate for sale, Oaxaca city, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2011
       
     

Tejate for sale, Oaxaca city, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2011

 Toasting criollo with comales, London, U.K., 2011
       
     

Toasting criollo with comales, London, U.K., 2011

 Shelling toasted cacao, London, U.K., 2011
       
     

Shelling toasted cacao, London, U.K., 2011

 Grinding chocolate spices, London, U.K., 2011
       
     

Grinding chocolate spices, London, U.K., 2011

 Chocolate-ready spice blend, London, U.K., 2011
       
     

Chocolate-ready spice blend, London, U.K., 2011

 Adding the spices for grind #2, London, U.K., 2011
       
     

Adding the spices for grind #2, London, U.K., 2011

 Cooling chocolate disks, London, U.K., 2011
       
     

Cooling chocolate disks, London, U.K., 2011

 The finished product - Mesoamerican hot chocolate (with added maple syrup), Yorkshire, U.K., 2011
       
     

The finished product - Mesoamerican hot chocolate (with added maple syrup), Yorkshire, U.K., 2011

 Flor de Trinitario Cacao, rancha de Don Angel, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala, 2011
       
     

Flor de Trinitario Cacao, rancha de Don Angel, San Antonio Suchitequepez, Guatemala, 2011

 Cacao tree in the mural from Cacaxtla's 'Venus temple', reproduction in Museo de Antropologico, Mexico City, 2011
       
     

Cacao tree in the mural from Cacaxtla's 'Venus temple', reproduction in Museo de Antropologico, Mexico City, 2011