Challenge to grow Theobroma Cacao plants. | Anvers Tasmania

Collection of photos displaying cacao pods, seeds.

Our cacao pods have arrived, and a journey begins. With the guidance of Biosecurity Tasmania, we have landed the first fresh cacao pods into Tasmania.
With the pods from our friends in Far North Queensland, The Australian Chocolate Farm, we are taking on the challenge to grow Theobroma Cacao plants in a cool climate.
As far as we know, if successful, these would be the Southernmost cacao plants grown anywhere in the world.

Once the seedlings sprout, we will have them on display in our small display greenhouse in the gardens, but please be patient, 😊 cacao could take between 2 and 5 years to mature.

fact: Did you know that cocoa naturally has over 500 different flavour notes?

Cocoa is the principle ingredient in dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Cocoa in its various forms is derived from cocoa beans, which are the seeds of cocoa trees (theobroma cacao). Cocoa trees only grow well within about 18 degrees north and south of the equator.

We will be pushing the limits of how cacao is ideally grown, but we are excited about the possible results. Tasmania’s climate is good for growing vegetables, wine grapes, hops, and fruits. Can we grow cacao in a small display greenhouse? We are optimistic, but it is going to be fun trying.

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