Cocoa Butter and Cocoa Beans: Yummy Island Favorites!

cocoa butter and cocoa beans

Cocoa butter is extracted from the cocoa bean, which is housed inside the cacao pod fruit. This pod grows on the cocao or theobroma cacao tree – a small tree that grows between 4 to 8 meters high in tropical regions.

Cocoa beans are also used to make chocolate! In fact, in most Caribbean countries, the beans are processed by a traditional method to make the cocoa powder used in a popular hot chocolate beverage recipe known as cocoa tea.

Making cocoa butter…

Cocoa butter is produced by a process that first involves fermenting, drying, cleaning, and then roasting the beans. Finally, a hydraulic machine is used to press out a pale-yellow, edible oil with an organic cocoa aroma.

This well-loved butter has been part of the natural personal care regimen for both men and women, for years. It is also a key ingredient in many beauty and pharmaceutical products.

Some of its properties:

  • Removes stretch marks and scars.
  • Softens and treats rough, dry skin.
  • Promotes a smooth, even-toned complexion.
  • Often used as an after tanning cream.
  • Great as a hair conditioner.

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