Minimum Temp Tolerated: 32F
This beautiful tree has large, dark green leaves that shade the fruit pods which grow directly from the trunk and branches. The flesh is eaten as a dessert, and the seeds are the raw material of commercial chocolate. Hot chocolate can be made by drying, roasting and grinding the seeds, and then adding milk. Chocolate “beans” were used as money by the Maya Indians of Central America. The red pods are typically larger and have more abundant flesh.