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Olmec Glyph for Cacao

Olmec Glyph for Cacao

The Olmec were the first known cultivators of cacao; Kakawa was their word for it (and the earlier known name for the plant).


Pronounced kas-TAN-ya, this is a molded, chestnut-shaped chocolate. Although it is usually filled with ganache, the filling may also be chestnut flavored.

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