Friday, October 1, 2010

Cocoa Pods (23)

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Cocoa with a little Criollo Blood. Dadease, Ghana, 2003

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Forastero Cocoa Pod, JR Mensah, Edumfe, Ghana, 2003

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Forastero Cocoa Pod, JR Mensah, Edumfe, Ghana, 2003

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Individual bean broken open. Note high levels of bioflavonoids (anthocyanin). Edumfe, Ghana, 2003

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Cocoa tree, Mamfe, Cameroon, 2004.

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Pile of composting old pods. Cameroon, 2004.

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Pods on Eugénie's trees near Abekro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2004.

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Opening a cocoa pod in Batteguedea, 2005.

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Cocoa tree, Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007.

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Cocoa grove in Mmaniaye, Ghana, 2007.

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Harvesting cocoa pod in Mmaniaye, Ghana, 2007.

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Cocoa farmer in Ebekawopa, Ghana, showing cocoa pods. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Picture by Stan Thompson

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This pod has been attacked by myrids, flies that suck the juices and leave the pod susceptible to fungal infection. Mmaniaye, Ghana. Photo by Stan Thompson

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Harvesting a cocoa pod. Mmaniaye, Ghana. Photo by Stan Thompson.

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Cocoa pod grown in Mmaniaye, Ghana, 2008.

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Opening a cocoa pod in Abekro, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.

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Cocoa pod opened in Abekro, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.

Old pod showing germination of seeds inside. Abekro, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.

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Pile of cocoa pods ready to be opened.
Djahakro, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.

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Teenagers cut open the pods using machetes to extract the seeds.
Djahakro, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.

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Cocoa pod cut open.
Djahakro, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.

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Trinitario hybrid growing behind a farmer's house in Bafia.
Bafia, Cameroon, 2011.

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Charelle and blossom on a Trinitario tree.
Bafia, Cameroon, 2011.

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