[Ripe cocoa fruits]
The cocoa plant is a botanical peculiarity. The fruits grow directly on the trunk; a phenomenon occurring in few other plants. It is an evergreen and the fruits grow the whole year round, taking about 6 months to mature. The tree likes high humidity: an average annual rainfall of about 2,000mm and requires mean annual temperatures of between 25 C and 28 C. Quite a demanding character!