The Cacao Tree and Chocolate
– … this drink was thought to be their cure for diarrhea, dysentery and to be an aphrodisiac. the aztecs believed that wisdom and power came from the fruit of the cacao tree. the cacao beans were used for currency, when aztecs would conquer tribes, they demanded to be payed in cocoa. records dating all the way back to 1200 C.E. show the details of cocoa delivery forced on all conquered tribes. later on, the cacao tree had spread during the age of colonialism, so did the cacao bean and so did chocolate itself….
Transformations in “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver
– When thinking of birds, visualizing them building their nests in cacti certainly isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. In the book, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, metaphorically everyone is constantly building their nests in cacti, and evolving from their experiences. From living in attics to taking trips across the country with no destination, characters in this book don’t live what society considers the “conventional American lifestyle.” Growing and thriving in unexpected and unusual places and ways is nothing but average throughout the book….
Injustice Towards Immigrants Exposed in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees
– Since the creation of the United States, there have been several enormous waves of immigration into the country. Many people come here to pursue the freedom they have always craved. In the book, The Bean Trees, this is a familiar concept to the characters Estevan and Esperanza. They have migrated from Guatemala all the way to the state of Arizona where they will meet the protagonist, Taylor. Throughout the story Taylor learns the couple’s struggle of being undocumented immigrants in the United States…. ;
Taylor’s Life Choices in “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver
– In The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, protagonist Taylor Greer is not your average teenage girl from Pittman, Kentucky. Taylor refuses to remain in her hometown forever, which only leads to teenage pregnancy and motherhood until death. On a mission to escape Pittman’s stereotypical teenage girl image, she buys a ‘55 Volkswagen and embarks on a journey west. Just when she thinks she is home free, Taylor is left with an abandoned three-year-old American Indian girl. Ironically, Taylor ends up as an unplanned single mother….
Current and Future Status of the Cocoa Bean
– Current and Future Status (description, current usage, forecast of future requirements, suppliers, price, terms, annual expenditures, mode of transportation, current contracts) DESCRIPTION The cacao bean (cocoa bean) is a commodity that comes from the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao – the food of the gods), an evergreen tree that begins to bear when it is 4-5 years old. The tree can grow up to approximately 50 feet in the wild although cocoa trees on plantations are kept between 15-25 feet tall because they are typically grown under a canopy of taller trees, which makes harvesting easier in addition to protecting them from strong winds….