Chocolate tree

Ready-to-eat chocolate trees have recently been rediscovered having long been hidden away in the greenhouses of Kew Gardens. This unusual member of the cocoa family produces a bean that can be eaten straight from its seed pod and has the potential to revolutionise the world's chocolate market. This particular species has been genetically blended with the sugar plant to create beans with a much sweeter taste. Further work is underway investigating the potential to produce subspecies with different flavours and even in different shapes...

Scientific name: choco deliciosus

Rank: Species

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Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Chocolate tree distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

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