Where Do Cocoa Trees Grow?

Question: Where Do Cocoa Trees Grow?

Answer: Most people have never seen a cocoa tree. Because of that, many people are curious regarding where cocoa trees grow? Cocoa trees grow best (and are most often grown) in the so-called Cocoa Belt or Chocolate Belt, a narrow band up to 20 degrees of latitude both north and south of the equator. While cocoa trees can grow outside of this zone, they will not grow as well.

For cocoa trees to grow best, warm-to-hot temperatures all year (in the range of 65 to 90 degrees F) are required. Constant high humidity and a good deal of rainfall (usually 40 to 100 inches per year) are necessary, as well. The cocoa trees grow poorly in wind, any kind of cold, or drought. Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Indonesia have ideal conditions for growing cocoa trees, and these three countries produce more cocoa beans than anywhere else. Cocoa trees also grow in Central and South America. You can find cocoa trees growing in the following countries:

Where Cocoa Trees Grow:

Brazil
Cameroon
Celebes
Columbia
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Fiji
Ghana
Grenada
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Java
Martinique / St. Lucia
Madagascar
Malaysia
Mexico
New Guinea
New Hebrides
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Solomon Islands
Samoa
San Tome
Sri Lanka
Trinidad
USA (South Florida and Hawai’i; there are no commercial plantations in South Florida)
Venezuela

While this list is not exhaustive, it should give you a good idea of the regions where cocoa trees grow.