In this video, Logee’s horticulturist and third generation owner, Byron Martin, talks about the popular Cocoa plant (Theobroma cacao ‘Trinitario’). Chocolate’s delicious taste is enjoyed by young and old alike. The botanical name Theobroma cacao literally means “Food of the Gods.” Now you can have fun growing your own cocoa beans at home! Our seedling plants start bearing fruit once they are 3-4 years old and have reached 5-6’ tall. The pink and white flowers grow straight out of the tree trunk and main branches, followed by the cocoa pods. It then takes 5 months for the fruit to develop. The cylindrical cocoa pods change from green to yellow when fully ripe. Each pod contains 20-40 seeds. The cocoa beans must ferment for about one week and then are dried to create the unique chocolate flavor. Cocoa plants prefer some shade, especially when the trees are young.
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