Kaithapara Vanam

Revive the cacao tradition of Kerala, the spice garden of the world, India

The long-standing tradition of growing fine cocoa in Idukki, Kerala, dates back to the 18th century, where the region’s wealth of spices made the waters of Kerala the busiest trade route in the world. Different cocoa varieties have been brought to Kerala after the Indian independence, primarily Forastero types from Africa.

The Muthuplackal family brought different local cocoas to the Velloor forest of Kaithapara in the 1980s. There are no historical records of the cocoa planted in Kaithapara, but the morphological indicators of the local cocoas tell us that they are predominantly locally developed hybrids with a strong presence of Forastero traits and with occasional white beans.

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