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What plant does cacao come from?
Likewise, what plant does cocoa come from?
Theobroma cacao, also called the cacao tree and the cocoa tree, is a small (4–8 m (13–26 ft) tall) evergreen tree in the family Malvaceae, native to the deep tropical regions of Mesoamerica. Its seeds, cocoa beans, are used to make chocolate liquor, cocoa solids, cocoa butter and chocolate.
One may also ask, where does the best cocoa come from? The general understanding among chocolate specialists are that for hundreds of years, the best commercially available cocoa beans have come from Venezuela, more specifically from the Chuao cooperative and from the plantations around Lake Maracaibo.
Hereof, where does cacao come from?
The cacao tree is native to the Amazon Basin. It was domesticated by the Olmecs and Mokaya (Mexico and Central America). More than 4,000 years ago, it was consumed by pre-Columbian cultures along the Yucatán, including the Maya, and as far back as Olmeca civilization in spiritual ceremonies.
Where is cacao tree found?
Because cacao trees grow well in the shade, the rainforest does not need to be cut down in order to grow cocoa. While cocoa likely originated in the lowland rainforests of the Amazon River basins of South America, it is now found as far north as the south of Mexico.