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Chocolate, Cacao, Cocoa
Scientific Name: Theobroma cacao L.
Synonym:
Family: Sterculiaceae
Chocolate, Cacao, Cocoa (Theobroma  cacao)
A Cacao Tree showing flowers and fruit
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 11

Frost Tolerance: Needs uniformly high temperatures, green house only in Phoenix, for short duration cold, foliage damaged at 33 F (0.5 C), serious damage at 28 F (-2 C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: Central America, Mexico

Growth Habits: Tropical evergreen tree to 25 feet (7.5 m)

Watering Needs: Abundant water and humidity

Propagation: Cuttings, budding, grafting, seeds


The picture 1 shows flowers and a maturing pod. The pod contains the cacao beans that are fermented, roasted, and processed to extract cocoa powder.

Chocolate, Cacao, Cocoa (Theobroma  cacao)

Chocolate, Cacao, Cocoa (Theobroma  cacao)

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