Some days it seems like the world is coming to an end. Hurricanes one after another. Fire burning up Montana and now California. Earthquakes in Mexico. Mass shooting in Las Vegas.
But I just heard about a tragedy that tops them all. Some fungus is attacking cocoa plants which means there could be a shortage of chocolate! OMG! Anything but that!
And then I read that it’s not just any fungus but one that can clone itself. Doesn’t that sound like science fiction? Clones are attacking the one plant that can help us survive hurricanes and fires and earthquakes! (Not to mention semester finals, dates with jerks and crummy performance reviews.)
These clones cause “frosty rot pot” which is devastating chocolate production in Central and South America. The good news is cocoa plants are surviving in Brazil and West Africa, for now.
I asked about this fungus at my favorite chocolatier, The Grocer’s Daughter in Empire, MI. They had heard about it but said it hasn’t affected their supply, which I must say is fantastic.
Think I’ll go nibble some right now, in case another catastrophe hits and I need cheering up!