Where Do Cocoa Beans Originate?


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Cocoa beans originated from areas within Central and South America. As of January 2015, the specific location of the origin of cocoa beans is not known, although areas in the Upper Amazon, the Andean regions of Columbia and Southern Mexico are among some of the possibilities.

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Cultivated by the Mayans as early as 1500 B.C., the cacao tree spread throughout Central and South America as far as Guatemala and Northwestern Venezuela. A large number of wild specimens can be found in the foothills of Northern Columbia, but scientists believe that the cacao tree originated in the Upper Amazon because of the numerous plants and animals that can be found in that region.

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