I also had a few cacao pods to show visitors. One was freshly cut and the other one was about a year old. The fresh pod was yellow and still soft to the touch. The older one reminded me of a dried gourd. The seeds inside rattled around when the pod was shaken, so I took to shaking it a lot. :D Each cacao pod contains 30 to 60 seeds (from which chocolate is made). It takes about 600 seeds to produce 2 pounds of chocolate. That's a staggering amount.
After shift, I wandered the galleries & took a few shots--
|Walking Iris (technically, not an iris)|
|Corpse flower between blooms|