National Geographic : 1907 Feb
From stereograph, copyright 1906, by Underwood & Underwood, New York Drying Cacao Beans in the Sun La Clementina plantation, Ecuador, where 25,000 pounds are produced yearly for American and European chocolate factories. When the pods are first opened the beans and enveloping pulp are creamy white, but they grow brown by exposure to sun and air. The beans shown here are spread on bamboo matting. The workmen rake them over once in a while by scuffling through them with bare feet to ensure even drying. The trees in the distance are cacao trees, of which there are 3,000 acres in this one estate.