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- Base yield:
- +1 Gold from Plantation improvement
Cocoa, like Bananas, is found only in jungles. You'll have to remove the jungle to improve it with a Plantation, but it's usually worth your while if you need extra Happiness and Gold. Be on the lookout for these if you're playing as the Aztecs or the Brazilians, whose starting bias makes it easier for them to procure Cocoa resources.
Cocoa beans, the product of the cacao tree native to South America, was an important commodity in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and figured prominently in tribal cultures. Introduced by the Spanish to Europe, by the mid-1700s it was immensely popular there as a beverage, cooking ingredient, and even as a medicine.