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Mmm.. looks like a soursop huh?
Didn't ever imagine it would be purple inside when they're freshly picked.
He's ready to split em pods! and leave them to ferment. Fermentation creates the flavour we all recognize and love.
TADAH! dried cocoa beans! They finally now taste and smell like the end product.
The Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB) is a federal statutory research and development agency under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (previously called Ministry of Primary Industries Malaysia). It was established under the Act of Parliament 343 (incorporation) in 1988 and has been in operation since 1989. The main objective is to develop the cocoa industry in Malaysia to be well integrated and competitive in the global market. Emphasis is given to increasing productivity and efficiency in cocoa bean production and increasing downstream activities.
Read more about The Malaysian Cocoa Board and their work here. A big thank you to them too for being so hospitable and accommodating :)