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On the farm, cocoa pods are harvested and opened, and the seeds are gathered into boxes with their pulp to begin the wild fermentation process that is the start of great chocolate.
And sometimes, for your musical and tangible pleasure, whole pods are dried just for fun. One shake and you'll be hooked; in these dried pods you can hear the cocoa beans rattling around inside. The perfect, natural maraca for any chocolate or music enthusiast!
These pods are dried naturally in the Ecuadorian sun until they are hard as wood, and they will last indefinitely if kept dry.
Note: This dried cocoa pod cannot be used to make chocolate, and it’s not safe to consume the seeds inside. Since this is a natural agricultural product, pod size can vary from 6-10 inches long.