Introduction – The Coconut myth
The Coconut tree is a plant that belongs to the family Arecaceae. Click for pronunciation . There are over 150 species of coconuts that can be found in 80 different countries throughout the world. The plant is tropical and they live on a sandy soil. The tree does not tolerate low temperatures and one of the bountiful benefits of a well groom tree is its virgin coconut oil. Fortunately you can purchase coconut oil from you friendly neighborhood health food store.
When making eggs for breakfast use coconut oil instead of butter.
Coconut is important part of human diet because it contains valuable vitamins and minerals. In addition to cunsumption benefits, coconuts are used in parts of the wood manufacturing industry and in the manufacture of beauty products.
Interesting Coconut tree Facts:
Coconut trees come in 2 sizes dwarf and tall. Smaller Coconut trees 40 to 60 feet in height, while tall coconut trees grow to 100 feet. The Coconut tree has 13 to 20 inches long pinnate leaves; leaves resembling a feather, having the leaflets on each side of a common axis; leaflets have a lanceolate shape. They can reach 24 to 35 inches in length.
Fruit of a coconut tree is botanically known as drupe. Fruit becomes fully ripe after one year. Under optimal weather conditions, a coconut tree can produce 75 fruits per year, but that is an outlier, the average number is more like 30 fruit a year. A Ripe coconut has 3.2 pounds of weight. White, edible flesh of coconut can be consumed raw or dried. Dry version of coconut flesh is called “copra”. Production of one ton of copra requires 6000 coconuts.
Each year, 61 million tons of coconuts are produced and distributed throughout the world.
In certain parts of the world, people use trained monkeys to collect coconuts. Coconut is very popular and often consumed fruit. Other than the flesh, coconut water, milk and oil can be used in the preparation of various healthy dishes.
Coconut oil has wide applications in the cosmetic industry. Coconut oil is part of various lotions because it smells nice and increases the moisture of the skin. Sap extracted from the closed flower is used for the production of alcoholic beverage called “coconut vodka”. Wooden parts of coconuts are used in the manufacture of furniture, decorative objects, drums, containers and even canoes.
All parts of the coconuts can be exploited, even their hard shells. Husk and shell are discarded as waste after extraction of the fruit. They are used as fuel and source of charcoal. Coconut oil is used as a substitute for diesel fuel.
Coconuts can survive up to 100 years in the wild.
What follows is a report that makes a nice read. I have also included an mp3 file to provide you with more interesting facts of coconuts, beyond Mounds and Allman Joy. I love my mounds bars 🙂