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11 Fun Facts
- The coconut palm can grow up to 30 m (98 ft) tall and the leave fronds 4–6 m (13.1–19.7 ft) long.
- A lifetime of about 75 to 100 years. Once planted, it may take about 4-5 years to begin their first product.
- In a season, a single coconut palm may yield 20-150 mature nuts.
- Technically the coconut fruit is a drupe, not a nut. Typical drupes include peaches, plums, and cherries.
- Coconut water can be a substitute for blood plasma. Coconut water was known to be used during World War II in tropical areas for emergency transfusions.
- Coconut milk is not the same as coconut water. Coconut milk has a high-fat content of around 17%, but is low in sugars. Coconut cream can also be created from the milk.
- Coir (the fiber of the husk) can be used for making ropes, mats, brushes, sacks, caulking for boats, and as stuffing for mattresses.
- Coconut leaves have many uses such as for making brooms, woven to make baskets or mats, or dried and used as thatch for roofing.
- Copra is the term used for the dried meat. This can be processed to produce coconut oil used in cooking, in soaps, cosmetics, hair-oil, and massage oil.
- Wood from the trunk of the coconut palm was traditionally used to build bridges, houses, huts, and boats in the tropics. The woods straightness, strength, and salt resistance made it a reliable building material.
- In Thailand and Malaysia, trained pig-tailed macaques are used to harvest coconuts.
7 Health benefits of coconut
- A medium-sized nut carrying 400 g edible meat and some 30-150 ml of water may provide almost all the daily-required essential minerals, vitamins, and energy of an average-sized individual.
- 100 g kernel holds 354 calories. Much of this comes from the fats and protein.
- Coconut water is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, minerals, and bioactive compounds. Altogether, these enzymes aid in digestion and metabolism.
- Coconut oil is used in cooking, applied over scalp as hair nourishment, employed in pharmacy and medicines.
- Research studies suggest that cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water showed significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects.
- The kernel is an excellent source of minerals such as copper, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc.
- It is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. These vitamins are essential in the sense that the body requires them from external sources to replenish.
- Coconut meat and water contain a good amount of potassium. 100 g of fresh meat contains 356 mg or 7.5% of daily required levels of potassium.