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:
Martinique / St. Lucia
USA (South Florida and Hawai’i; there are no commercial plantations in South Florida)
While this list is not exhaustive, it should give you a good idea of the regions where cocoa trees grow.