Introduction. Theobroma cacao (2n = 2x = 20) is a tree native to humid tropical regions of the northern part of South America and, according to some reports, of Central America (Miranda, 1962). Indeed, there is still some controversy about the origin and domestication of cacao.
Simply so, where is cocoa originally from?
Cocoa beans, from which cocoa products are derived, come from the cocoa tree, which is the species Theobroma cacao. The genus Theobroma, from which the cocoa tree species comes, originated millions of years ago in South America, to the east of the Andes.
Where is the cocoa manufactured?
Chocolate production starts with harvesting coca in a forest. Cocoa comes from tropical evergreen Cocoa trees, such as Theobroma Cocoa, which grow in the wet lowland tropics of Central and South America, West Africa and Southeast Asia (within 20 C of the equator) (Walter,1981) .
Where does cocoa grow in the world?
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.