86. Trinitario

DEPA, COTE D'IVOIRE, 2006. Note how well the trees are trimmed--to keep the foliage from remaining wet too long, thereby minimizing fungal attack and nests of mirids. Trinitario is typified by the red color of its pod. Most cocoa grown in West Africa is of the Forastero variety, also called Amelonado (almond-like) which the Portuguese planted in the early 19th century on the islands of Principe and Sao Tome.

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