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Chocolate in MesoamericaA Cultural History of Cacao$
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Cameron McNeil

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813029535

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813029535.001.0001

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Cacao and Its Relatives in South America

Cacao and Its Relatives in South America

An Overview of Taxonomy, Ecology, Biogeography, Chemistry, and Ethnobotany

(p.31) 2 Cacao and Its Relatives in South America
Chocolate in Mesoamerica

Nathaniel Bletter

Douglas C. Daly

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the taxonomy of all of the species of Theobrama and Herrania. Cacao belongs to the South American group of forty species of small trees closely related to the genera of Theobrama and Herrania. By looking at the classification of the cacao tree and its close relatives the Theobrama and Herrania, the diverse ecology, chemistry, and ethnobotany as well as their medicinal, edible, and psychoactive uses can be determined and appreciated.

Keywords:   taxonomy, Theobrama, Herrania, cacao, cacao tree, ecology, ethnobotany, chemistry, uses

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