Cacao Seeds Sprouting Inside the Fruit

I’ve always assumed that in order for a seed to sprout it should be taken out of its fruit and be planted on the ground, but my assumptions were wrong.

Cacao fruit being opened.
Cacao fruit being opened.

 

We visited a friend’s house here in Palawan and it turned out that they have not harvested their cacao tree for quite some time. Some of our friends said that they would help them out since we were not doing anything.

It was the usual process for harvesting cacao seeds. Open the fruit, get the seeds and gather them. But one fruit decided to be different by making it seeds sprout inside the fruit.

Cacao seeds that sprouted inside the fruit.
Cacao seeds that sprouted inside the cacao fruit.

 

Normal cacao seeds when fruit is opened.
Normal cacao seeds when fruit is opened.

 

Normal cacao seeds.
Normal cacao seeds.

 

I’m not sure though whether they got the fruit from the tree or they picked it from one of the fallen fruits. Continue reading Cacao Seeds Sprouting Inside the Fruit