The coconut is often dubbed as the tree that keeps on giving. Why? Because literally all parts of it can be used. Its leaves, fruits, flowers, trunk, and even each little part of it, you name it! A product can be made from that. Awesome new information, right?
If you want to get to know more about the coconut, then you’re in for a treat. We’re revealing 21 cool facts about this tree today. Read on!
2. Its name came from the Portuguese sailors who called them coco after they saw the three holes which resemble a “grinning face.”
3. The coconuts’ dispersal is not by birds and animals but by ocean tides. It’s why you often see them lined on tropical beaches. It can ride the waves for up to 100 days and still be able to grow into a plant once it reaches land. If you ever see them inland and way above sea level, they are brought and cultivated by humans.
4. Coconuts grow in about 80 countries now but the top producers are the Philippines, Indonesia, and India.
5. Coconuts can still bear fruits up to 80 years especially if it is cared for.
6. Each portion of the coconut tree can be turned into something useful. Construction material, food, drink, soap, oil, supplements and coconut cream. You name it!
7. Coconut leaves can be woven into roofing and baskets. Its midrib can be used to make brooms.
8. Woven young coconut leaves are also used to contain cooked rice. This is called puso in the Philippines.
9. Young coconut flowers when cut gives off a sweet liquid which can be made into coconut wine.
10. Coconut water of a young fruit has vitamin C and minerals, making it a healthy and refreshing drink.
11. Young coconuts have a fleshy and delightfully tender and mildly sweet meat. It is rich in manganese, potassium, and copper.
12. Squeezing grated mature coconut meat produces coconut milk or cream, an excellent alternative to dairy milk in vegan dishes.
13. Mature coconut meat in Southeast Asia is usually made into copra, a high-value product. The meat is taken out of the shell and is dried under the sun. It can be made into coconut oil, which can be extracted using extremely high temperatures. Like many coconut byproducts, the residue that comes with it is not thrown as waste. Instead, it is used as livestock feed.
14. Virgin coconut oil is made through the cold press method, a technique that does not use high temperatures. This oil has many health benefits including healthy fatty acids, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-parasitic properties.
15. When a mature coconut fruit is sawed into half horizontally, it creates a husk that is traditionally used to shine wooden floors.
16. Coconut shells can be made into bowls which can hold tropical-inspired food like smoothies, Asian salads and dishes.
17. Discarded coconut shells can still be made into something more valuable and useful like charcoal. It is an eco-friendly alternative to conventional charcoal because no tree has been harmed to make it.
18. Activated coconut shell charcoal is also known for its health benefits. This should not be confused with regular charcoal used for the barbecue. This type has been processed in extremely high temperatures.
19. The fibrous portion of the coconut fruit is called coir. It can be harvested and turned into a garden medium.
20. The coconut coir can be processed further and made into sturdy handmade ropes and mats. In the Maldives, it’s an art form that has existed for years and has been passed on from generation to generation.
21. The trunk of a coconut tree can also be used as an eco-friendly alternative to hardwood timber, especially when the ones used are those felled during typhoons.
With all those uses and health and environmental benefits, isn’t the coconut awesome? It has also brought out the ingenuity among the coconut growing people all over the world. They appreciate its gifts by not letting anything from the coconut tree go to waste. In this wasteful and single-used obsessed age, the planet and all of us could benefit if we only tried half as much as them.
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