Interesting Cocoa Facts

Growth

On average it takes a cacao tree 5 years to produce its first cocoa beans. Each tree produces around 1,000 beans per year.

Height

Cacao trees can range from 13-26 feet tall, sometimes reaching as high as 32 feet.

Production

The annual cocoa production is 3 million tons world wide. More than 70% of all cocoa comes from West Africa. However, because cocoa trees are so delicate, farmers lose, on average, 30% of their crop.

Chocolate

It takes about 400 cocoa beans to make a pound of chocolate. It is said that the first chocolate bar was produced in 1848.

a small stack of chocolates

Consumption

The Swiss consume more chocolate per person than any other nation. 22 pounds per person compared to 11 pounds in the United States.

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