Was chocolate Mayas' spice of life?

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Experts have long thought cacao beans and pods were mainly used in pre-Hispanic cultures as a beverage (AP/Lee Reich) // Experts have long thought cacao beans and pods were mainly used in pre-Hispanic cultures as a beverage (AP/Lee Reich)
Experts have long thought cacao beans and pods were mainly used in pre-Hispanic cultures as a beverage (AP/Lee Reich)
Archaeologists say they have found traces of 2,500-year-old chocolate on a plate in the Yucatan peninsula, in a breakthrough suggesting it may have been used as a condiment or sauce with solid food.
It is the first time they have found ancient chocolate residue on a plate, rather than a cup.
Experts have long thought cacao beans and pods were mainly used in pre-Hispanic cultures as a beverage, made either by crushing the beans and mixing them with liquids or fermenting the pulp that surrounds the beans in the pod. Such a drink was believed to have been reserved for the elite.
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