Wild Amazonian Cacao Pods. Photo by Chris Kilham

Theobroma cacao

Cocoa, Food of the Gods and the electuary of lovers, has captivated humanity with its exotic flavor and sensuous mouth feel. Well done, bravo! Cocoa is the heroic delight, the preferred food of children and poets alike. The world would be a poorer place if not for heavenly cocoa!

Cocoa is now cultivated in virtually every tropical area in the world. Cocoa is grown commercially throughout Central and South America, Africa, the Caribbean, Indonesia, Malayasia, and the Pacific islands. This widespread distribution is testimony to the popularity of the tree and the heavenly fruit from which chocolate is made.