Cocoa - Plant
Description for Cocoa
Theobroma cacao is the taxonomic classification for the plant also called the cacao tree and the cocoa tree, which is a small evergreen tree in the family Malvaceae, native to the deep tropical regions of Central and South America.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Theobroma cacao,cocoa bean,cocoa,Chocolate Cocoa 'Cacao' Plant||red||May to winter||3.00 to 4.00 feet||easy to grow|
Planting and care
In Australia, Cadbury uses high quality cocoa beans sourced from Ghana in West Africa and Asia. Most of the world s cocoa is grown in a narrow belt 10 degrees either side of the Equator because cocoa trees grow well in humid tropical climates with regular rains and a short dry season.
|Full sun||well-drained soil||Medium||18 C and above,Cocoa trees grow in hot, rainy tropical areas within 20 of latitude from the Equator||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Cocoa
- Ghana and Cote Ivoire supply 60% of the worlds cocoa and 90% of production is on small farms of 2 to 5 hectares. Despite significant growth in cocoa output and trade, many farmers and their communities still live on less than pound1 a day.
Cocoa farming is demanding, labour-intensive work, and with volatile prices producers dont earn enough to pay for essentials such as farm inputs or school fees.
Typical uses of Cocoa
Special features: This rose grows well in small groups in borders, cottage gardens, foundations or rose gardens. Also may be grown as a small hedge.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose. Its generally kep indoor in living room and in terrac area.
Medicinal use: White chocolate contains sugar, cocoa butter, and milk solids. Long regarded as a food treat, cocoa is now used by some people as medicine. Cocoa seed is used for infectious intestinal diseases and diarrhea, asthma, bronchitis, and as an expectorant for lung congestion.
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