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Childhood Memories with the Koko Samoa Tree

Jade Chocolates is proud to participate in the internship program, which is a joint venture of SFMade and Juma Ventures to create Youthmade.  Youthmade gives low income youths the opportunity for a paid six-week experience to work with a San Francisco manufacturer. This time around, we chose Theresa to join the Jade Chocolates’ team. Here she is in the foreground, with me, my daughter and sister in the background. 

 One of our earliest conversations we had with her was about Theresa’s first encounter with the cacao tree. We decided to capture it in a blog interview, so here it goes.

 

Where did you grow up in Samoa?  Pago Pago.  It’s a village and also the capital of American Samoa.

 

I asked you if you knew if Theobroma cacao, the tree that grows chocolate, grew in Samoa and you said you didn’t know. So I showed you the dried up fruit from the cacao tree and