This is a seed-grown plant of the Criollo variety of theobroma cacao. These have medium red colored pods.. We also offer Trinitario cacao plants and seeds. But the Criollo is sought after by a lot of growers. Typical plants are about 6″-10″. Cacao typically needs a partner for pollination, so two plants are ideal if fruiting is desired. You can buy two of this type, or you can buy a Trinitario plant along with this if you are looking to fruit them.
Raw cacao powder is known as Food of the Gods, a name which derives from early use by South American tribes, most notably the Aztecs and Mayans. Cacao was so revered that the beans were used as currency. Today, it has become evident that cacao is responsible for a number of different health benefits, including effects on cholesterol, digestion and mood. It contains, among other things, antioxidants, caffeine, flavonoids, phenylethylalamine, theobromine and tryptophan. It can be naturally sweetened with stevia. Cacao is a little finicky, although it is much easier than dealing with the seeds. Buyers are fully responsible for keeping the plant alive once it arrives.
Growing Information: https://www.worldseedsupply.com/germination-of-theobroma-cacao-cocoa-chocolate/
We ship live plants on Mondays and Tuesdays only, so please allow at least 1 week for shipping. SORRY, NO INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ON LIVE PLANTS.
**Buyer is responsible for frozen plants. USPS is heated, so the plant will be fine unless you leave it at your door too long. But if you are in a cold area and cannot get the plant right away, signature confirmation can be added to the shipping cost. They will hold the plant until you pick it up.