The first users of cocoa were the first civilization that might have prevailed in America in the era 1500-400BC. There after the consumers of cocoa were the Maya who used to drink them which were prepared from the beans of cocoa plantations in the Chontalpa region. This region is now recognized as eastern Tabasco.
During that era, a drink named as chocolati was quite famous. This drink used to be prepared from roasted cocoa beans, water and a small amount of spice. Cocoa beans were used as valued currency during that time.
The word chocolate comes from the Mayan language word xocoatl. The word 'chocolate' is a Mexican Indian word that is primarily a combination of two significant words, choco meaning foam, and atl meaning water.More...
Life Cycle Bean Plant
Bean plant was one among those wild plants that were successfully cultivated by the natives of South America. A bean can be recognized as a big seed that is the part of Fabaceae or legume family. The other prominent members of the same family are the peas and the pulses. Some other common types of beans are soybean, lentils, kidney bean and the most common bean. This family has been considered as the fastest growing in the entire plant kingdom.
Beans begin germination at a faster pace. Once the bean seed has shown sprouts, it takes around one week to for the plant to grow. When it is sown in a soil, the hypocotyl manages to grow out and reach the surface of the soil. At this point the hypocotyls is exposed to the sun, and phototropism begins. The hypocotyls, which is bent at this point, begins to straighten up when phototropism starts. The seedling of the bean takes almost six weeks to reach this stage. If you notice carefully, you can see the plant shooting up out of the soil within this time period. When this stage nears the end, the plant initiates its next stage of reproduction. More...
Life Cycle Of A Bean Seed
Beans can grow in any gardens and they can grow with absolutely no extra care. That means they are capable of growing on their own. The bean seeds can grow into a seedling and then into a mature plant. If you are planning to plant a bean plant in your own garden, then you should be aware of the structure of a bean seed and how it germinates.
A bean seed has two prominent halves which serves the purpose of store house for storing nutrients. These two halves are termed as cotyledons. A bean seed is usually seen in an oval shape and it is being covered by an outer coating which protects the seed till it grows to full size. When the process of germination begins, a small seedling is seen in between the two halves of the seeds, and this tiny seedling later on develops and grows in size.More...