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Soconusco has many different shapes of pods but not such a wide array of colors as in Venezuela. Rich genetic diversity in cacao here. Top has upper amazonian tendencies second more criollo tendencies bottom two trinitario leaning towards forastero.
Pointy nose, with crescent shape along with deep ridges and knots on the body suggests criollo. Flatter nose with less defined ridges on a rounder body suggests more forastero.
The very deep furrows and strong bottleneck on the top pod suggest upper amazon ancestry rather than criollo. Second from top is more typical shape of Central American criollo.
Nature Knows Best: Cacao flowers sprout by millions but only a few tens of them give fruition. Uncountable variables must meet at the proper time for a flower to become a fruit: temperature rates, humidity, atmospheric pressure, the pollinators mood and many others. These things are out of our control, even if one could spend a life time artificially pollinating all the trees in the plantation, Nature will always have the last word. And yet, we get a plenty harvest of cacao fruits, year after year. Many things in life are like this, only humble patience and thankfulness could come from our part and Nature will provide all we need to fulfill our purpose.
In Ecuador, the “Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias” (INIAP) has generated more than 16 genotypes, among them the recently released clones: INIAP EETP 800 Aroma Pichilingue e INIAP EETP 801 Fino Pichilingue. These have a range of action approved for the central area of production in Ecuador, in the area near the upper basin of the Guayas River. Tests are conducted on the Coastal region for future approval, but only 2 years from now, when results are gathered, can the clones be recommended. High endurance can be measured based on the result that the Nacional cacao regenerated by the INIAP has a production between 1 to 1,2 t/ha. CCN51 cacao production has oscillated between 1,5 to 2 t/ha. Nowadays with the new clones we are expecting an average of 2 t/ha. The new clones are a hybrid between National cacao and CCN-51 and they have inherited the high productivity characteristic from the CCN-51 but also the quality of Nacional cacao.
You can actually see the different clones, and the shape of the pods will tell you more or less where they were planted. Also, you can see the vegetation, the animals that are over there. It’s very magical. When you get more experience, by the shape of the fruit and the color, you will know that those beans are going to be more astringent, or more floral, or more fruity, or even nutty.” – Vicente Norero says of “reading the trees” on Episode 3. Please listen and share (link in bio).