Cocoa

Once upon a time, there was a powerful Aztec king named Quetzalcoatl.
He was god of the air, light and life, tending the garden of Paradise for early humanity.
He was also a feathered serpent who, so legend has it, once rewarded an Aztec princess for her heroism, courage and loyalty by giving her people a cocoa tree. However, while her husband was away defending the Empire's borders, the princess was killed for refusing to reveal where she had hidden this treasure. A cocoa tree grew up where her blood was spilt. Its fruit harbours a treasure that is as bitter as suffering, strong as virtue and red as blood.
As so began the story of chocolate…

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