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close this bookBetter Farming Series 22 - Cocoa (FAO - INADES, 1977, 32 p.)
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View the documentCocoa is grown on trees
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Cocoa is grown on trees

The cocoa tree bears fruit on its trunk and branches. They are called pods.

The pods contain seeds which are called cocoa beans. The beans are made up of a seed coat, a kernel and a germ.

1. Cocoa needs a high temperature, plenty of water, and air that is always moist.
Therefore, cocoa is grown in the hot and humid regions of Africa (mainly in forest regions), Central and South America, Asia and Oceania.

Cocoa bean cut in two

Cocoa pod