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Chocolate Tree Cacao Tree, Theobroma cacao

St John Flora: Chocolate Fruit

st john flora: chocolate leaf

The cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, is a native of the Americas.It is an evergreen tree that can grow to about twenty five feet in height and six inches in trunk diameter. It is usually cultivated under larger shade trees. In the large five celled fruits are many large chocolate colored bitter tasting seeds about one inch in length. These seeds are ground and roasted to produce chocolate. The chocolate tree is one of the best known cultivated plants originating in the New World.The Cacao trees found growing alongside the Cinnamon Bay Loop Trail may be the only ones on the island.