|Cocao fruit pod on tree next to vanilla orchid vine, Fairchild |
TropicalBotanic Garden, Coral Gables,
Miami-Dade County, Fla.
Both of these plants grow best in a truly tropical climate but in the garden’s million plus dollar green house they are thriving. Cocoa is extracted from the dried and fermented seeds found inside the cacao fruit pod.
In the picture above you can see the brown cocao pod on the left and the glossy leafed vanilla vine on the right. It is an orchid that produces a seeded fruit called a vanilla pod.
|Immature Cocao pod on tree, Fairchild Tropical Botanic|
Garden, Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Fla. Copyright
2013 by Helen A Lockey
Open Mon- Sun 9:30 to 4:30 pm,