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You would be fascinated at the distinctive stories of how black gold cocoa was introduced to Ghana my beloved country One of the most interesting ones is the tale of a man called Tetteh Quarshie as related to Ghanaian oral history who went to Sao Tome stole and swallowed the cocoa beans and defecated the beans in the Central Region which became Ghanas biggest cash crop making Ghana a once world leading producer of cocoa currently the second largest producer The term cocoa was derived from an old age confusion between Cacao the source of chocolate and Cocos the source of coconuts Just as a bridge is a structure that links to two or other path ways so is cocoa a bridge that has led Ghana the Gold Coast and other countries worldwide to various path waysCocoa is such a useful tree and it has been a blessing in the lives of all Ghanaians but it was first a primitive homegrown tree in the rain forest of Central and Southern America Cocoa was by then out of the ordinary and so costly that it was only the nobles and royals who could afford it Peasants and commoners were forbidden to farm it It was even considered traitorous to send out of the land It is believed that the Portuguese and Spanish both stole cocoa beans to grow elsewhere When cocoa was introduced into Europe cocoa and chocolate became a high class product that was used on special occasions and a bliss only the rich could incur No wonder it was termed as the food for the godsThe Swiss were interested in making chocolate products an expensive luxurious product so their missionaries came to the Gold Coast Ghana in the nineteenth century to make the people cash crop farmers They managed to setup warehouses to temporarily store the cocoa and export them to Switzerland making a name for themselves at the time as a producer
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