Peruvian Cacao, Pataxte, Mocambo
Related to the cocoa tree, T. cacao, this tree grows much taller, sometimes to 30 m, and has deeply pitted and ridged fruits. It was an important plant to the Maya who prepared a beverage from the fruit and it is still widely cultivated in Central and South America. The arils around the seeds are sweet and pleasant and can be eaten fresh. The seeds can be used in the same way as cocoa beans.