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The Chocolate Tree chronicles cacao's journey out of the rain forest, into pre-Columbian gardens, and onto plantations.  In this fully revised and updated, first-ever paperback edition, Allen Young describes production methods, archaeological evidence of the myriad uses of cacao, and contemporary studies that relate chocolate consumption to mental and physical health.  He also discusses the environmental price of large-scale cultivation, as well as current rain forest reclamation efforst that can improve the natural ecology of the cacao tree, offering an apprecation of the plant the the environment that provide us with this Mayan "food of the gods".

218 pgs, illustrated, pictures

Publication Details

  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • ISBN-10: 0813030447
  • ISBN-13: 9780813030449
  • Dewey Decimal: 633.7
  • ECHO Library: 633.7 YOU