History and Facts

The history and facts about the chocolate island Annobón

  • How is cocoa grown?

    How is cocoa grown?

    Does chocolate really come from trees?

    Chocolate is a preparation of cocoa beans. Pure cocoa has distinct flavors which may be likened in their complexities to wine. Typically, the preparation includes sugar to provide sweetness. The addition of sugar and other ingredients to blends of cocoa bean powder from different sources provides a uniform flavor profile for well-known products like branded chocolate bars. This is a photograph of cocoa bean pods growing on a cacao tree. Imagine if the tree itself is growing on Annobón. Read more…
  • San Antonio de Palé

    San Antonio de Palé

    This is a section of San Antonio de Palé. Image: TripAdvisor San Antonio de Palé is the capital and largest settlement of Annobón. The immediate area is the driest and flattest part of the island. The town has a dock, a hospital, a school, a lighthouse, a radio station, and a Catholic mission. Annobón Airport is just Northwest of the town in walking distance. Hotel Annobón is also in walking distance to the west. Read more…