Today is World Chocolate Day!
July 7, 2016 marks 466 years since chocolate was introduced to Europe.
It arouses sweet memories of a trip to the north on a rainy day in March.
Right there where we were staying, in Kibbutz Degania Beit, was a small chocolate factory!
Or as their sign says,
Galita, the chocolate farm
Exciting chocolate experience
The store had a precious cocoa tree full of cocoa pods (behind glass!).
The cacao plant was first given its botanical name by Carl Linnaeus in his original classification of the plant kingdom, who called it Theobroma ("food of the gods") cacao.
After lots of free sampling, I decided on a little bottle of delicious chocolate liqueur.
Who knew! Jews had a hand in the production and spread of chocolate centuries ago.
(Linking to signs, signs.)