Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm – Heart of Ghana’s Amazing Chocolate Culture
Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm is located in Mampong-Akuapem, a town in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The farm is 54 minutes – drive from Accra mall. The farm is named after Tetteh Quarshie, a Ghanaian blacksmith who is credited with introducing cocoa to Ghana in the late 19th century. The farm covers an area of approximately 20 hectares and is home to over 1,000 cocoa trees. The trees at the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm are of the Amelonado variety, which is native to Ghana and is known for its high yield and good quality beans.
Tour of Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm.
The tour of the plantation was informative and engaging. Our guide at the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm was knowledgeable and passionate about cocoa cultivation, and he took us through the entire process, from planting to harvesting to processing. We got to see the cocoa trees up close and even got to taste some of the sweet, juicy pulp that surrounds the cocoa beans.
The farm itself is beautiful, with lush greenery, and a peaceful atmosphere. It was a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and a chance to reconnect with nature and learn about the history of cocoa cultivation in Ghana. I learnt of the farming equipment used in harvesting Cocoa, a sickle.
Opening Hours, Contact Rate.
Monday -Friday 0545134865 Non- Ghanaians – 40 cedis
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
How did Tetteh Quarshie bring Cocoa to Ghana?
This was his first-time seeing Cocoa and he made it a point to bring some of its seeds back to Ghana. This was done by smuggling the seeds into his blacksmith toolbox as it was illegal then in that country to export Cocoa out of the country. It took him a 1 month 2 weeks to arrive by sea as there was no Airplane then.
How many years did Tetteh Quarshie spend in Fernando Po?
Tetteh Quarshie had spent several years in Fernando Po (now Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea) where he worked on a cocoa plantation. He went in the year 1870 and returned to Ghana in 1879 with several cocoa beans, which he planted in his backyard in Mampong-Akuapem.
Why did Tetteh Quarshie Plant the Cocoa seeds in Mampong?
Tetteh Quarshie did not grow these seeds in Accra because the salt in the sea was not good for the seeds to grow. He then moved to Mampong and with his excitement, the beans thrived in the region’s favorable climate and soil, and soon other farmers began to take notice.
How long does it take to cultivate Cocoa?
It takes about 2 – 6 years to harvest. These years depend on the variety of Cocoa seeds a farmer uses.
Today, Ghana is one of the world’s largest cocoa producers, and cocoa is a major export crop for the country. Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm is a testament to the legacy of Tetteh Quarshie and his contribution to Ghana’s cocoa industry.
Does the farm have any of the original Cocoa trees at the farm.?
Yes! The farm has 2 original tresses at the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm
How cocoa is harvested.
The pod changes color to a bright yellow color as an indication of harvest. With a cutlass, you break the pod and pour the seeds unto plantain leaves. Next, you pour it on a mat made of raffia bark and leave it to dry under the sun. you intermittently stir it out till the seeds changed color to black. Then you bag it and have it ready for sale.
What are the uses of cocoa?
Cocoa is such that all the parts are useful. From the seed to the pod to the leaves. You can use it to make soap, chocolate and many more.
It was a unique and educational experience, and I came away with a newfound appreciation for the hard work that goes into producing one of Ghana’s most important crops. I highly recommend a visit to anyone interested in learning about the history and cultivation of cocoa, or just looking for a peaceful and beautiful escape from the city.
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