The Wonderful World of Coconuts!
There are many incredible uses for the coconut. The coconut tree bares the coconut fruit, which is used for nutrition, fuel and shelter. Fiji is the home of the coconut, and our friend Alex from the Fiji Episode was so passionate about this incredible fruit, he had a coconut tree tattooed on his back, now that’s impressive!
Coconut water is becoming vastly popular amongst those who live a health and fitness lifestyle. Athletes, gym-goers and the personal trainers have quickly snapped up this drink as a go-to when energy levels are down. Coconut water has been a long popular drink in several countries where it is available fresh, canned or bottled. Coconut water can be fermented to produce coconut vinegar and it is also used to make nate de coco, a jelly-like food.
Coconut Husks and Shells
There are endless uses for the husks and shells of coconuts. The husk is the rough exterior of the shell. Husks can be used as a pot for pot plants and together with coconut shells can be used to buff floors, for fuel and even as a mosquito repellent! Shell’s can be used to create bowls, utensils, musical instruments and exfoliating products. Who would have thought!
Coconut meat is the rich white lining that is contained within the shell of a coconut. Coconut meat can be juicy and tender or slightly thick and crunchy. Coconut meat is so versatile that it can be eaten raw, cooked or as a preserve. Products extracted from coconut meat produce coconut oil and milk and the sap can further yield to palm wine (when fermented) sweet syrup or candy and even palm sugar.
“He who plant’s a coconut tree,
plants food and drink, tools and ointment,
a habitat for himself and a heritage for his children”