A beautiful shot of the first cacao harvest of 2020..
Cacao plantation usually has two harvests in a year, one main harvest (April-May in India) and the other is secondary harvest (Nov-Dec) with a lower yield. Once the cacao pods ripen on the tree, the pods are hand-picked. The process is laborious since all pods do not ripen at the same time. Hence, it is essential to keep a check on when the pods are ready to be harvested. A cacao pod is usually ripe when it makes a hollow sound when tapped.
Each pod is then carefully broken and opened, to remove the pulp without damaging the seeds. Then it is ready for fermentation. Gorgeous, isn’t it?