Coconuts - The Tree of Life

Want to Know a Bit About Coconuts?

If you’re asked to conjure up a mental picture of the South Pacific I’m pretty sure you’ll include a Palm Tree in your picture – right?

And I’m going to bet that most of those Palm Trees will have Coconuts hanging proudly high up in the branches.

Lovely Bunches of Coconuts!

coconut plantation

No, I’m not NUTS – but I do love Coconuts!  It’s one of my favourite flavours – coconut cream in a tangy curry, fresh sweet coconut water with all it’s healthy minerals, smooth coconut oil on both skin and food, and the dried shredded flesh folded into my favourite dessert!

But that’s not all – did you know that almost every part of the Coconut Tree can be used:

No wonder it’s called THE TREE OF LIFE!

Coconut

 

 

 

 

 

The Coconut was named by Portuguese Sailors

for the 3 little holes in the top of the nut that look like a face. 

“Coco” meaning “Grinning Face”

 

 

 

So Here is Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Coconuts:

Coconuts are the Fruits of the Coconut Palm!

Coconut Palms like to grow in the Tropics – in low-lying areas with high rain-fall, and close to the sea.

The Coconut Palm grows tall and straight (up to 30m tall) with a single smooth trunk, the Palm leaves are always at the top of the trunk.

It takes at least 6 years for a Coconut Palm to begin bearing fruit (the coconut), but then they can continue producing for up to 50 years.

One Coconut tree will produce 30-100 Coconuts a year!

The Growth of a Coconut

It takes about a year for a Coconut to ripen fully.

When the Coconut is young and green it contains a large amount of coconut water.

As the fruit matures the water is absorbed as the flesh (Coconut “meat”) grows inside the nut.

The Husk turns brown when the coconut is mature.  It will naturally fall from the tree when it is ready, but it can be removed manually too.

The HUSK of the mature coconut is removed to reveal the NUT or shell.

If you buy a Coconut from a Supermarket the HUSK has already been removed, so you are buying the NUT.

harvesting coconut

All the Things You Can Make from a Coconut!

  • Coconut Water is extracted from Green Coconuts.
  • The Flesh of a mature Coconut is grated and squeezed to produce Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream.
  • The Flesh can be eaten either fresh or dried. And in sweet or savoury dishes.
  • The dried Flesh is call COPRA, and this is used to produce Coconut OIL.
  • Coconut oil is used in numerous products: cooking oil, soap, cosmetics, beauty products.
  • The residual flesh left over after Coconut Oil production is used as a food for stock animals.
  • The Husk of the Coconut is a fibre called COIR. Coir is used as a material for rugs, mats, brushes, ropes, sacks and stuffing mattresses.
  • The Husks and Shells can be burnt for fuel, and the smoke produced is a natural insect repellent.
  • The hard Shell can be used to make cooking utensils, musical instruments and handicrafts.

making coconut milkopened coconut

And the Rest of the Coconut Palm!

  • The trunk of the Coconut Palm is a very useful timber for buildings, furniture and boats.
  • The leaves are used in weaving for baskets and mats, also for making brooms and as thatching for roofing.
  • The Sap from the Flowers can be used to make various drinks and sweet syrup and sugar for confectionery. If it ferments, it becomes wine!

weaving coconut fronds

The Killer Fruit?

Some studies have claimed that Falling Coconuts Kill up to 150 people a year!

The numbers may be somewhat of an exaggeration, but never-the-less a falling coconut can do you serious harm if you are unlucky!

So, our advice is watch where you lay your towel on that Idyllic South Pacific Beach of your Dreams, but don’t hold back in enjoying all the bounty of the Coconut Tree!

falling coconut sign

 

 

 

 

...Next Week Just for Fun – My Favourite Coconut Dessert...

 

10 Reasons to Put "Travel More" on Your Resolution List in 2018

2018 Calender  

 

“So Long, Farewell, Auf Weidersehen, Goodbye”

Farewell 2017, Welcome 2018…

 

And so, another year ends – ahead lies 2018 – full of promise, new beginnings, projects and plans.

What do you think will 2018 bring?

One thing is certain: 2018 will go by in a flash, and we will be left wondering how it could have passed so quickly!

So, get out your new diary now!

Start making the plans you have been putting off – make the time to do the things that are important to you.

 

MarkTwain Quote Mermaids 

Did you know that “Travel More” is one of the most common New Year Resolutions made?

It is right up there with Losing Weight, Saving Money, Being Happier, Exercising More, Drinking Less, Finding a New Job….

MY TIP TO YOU:

Get TRAVEL MORE onto your Resolution List for 2018 – it’s going to be the most enjoyable resolution to Keep!!

There are so many good reasons to add “Travel More” to your New Year Resolutions in 2018.  Have you ever thought about all the things you gain when you travel?

10 Rewards of Travelling

  1. Health: Travelling reduces Stress.
  2. Relationships: Improve relationships by spending quality time together.
  3. Happiness: Increased pleasure in trying new things.
  4. Patience: Learning to accept things don’t always go to plan, but will still turn out ok.
  5. Friendships: Meeting new people from different walks of life.
  6. Knowledge: Developing a greater understanding of different cultures, places and people.
  7. Appreciation: Of what you have and what is important to you.
  8. Confidence: Getting out of your comfort zone is a sure way to develop confidence.
  9. Adaptability: Embrace opportunities to change plans, slow down, go off-the-beaten path.
  10. Perspective: Seeing and experiencing new places changes the way you think about life.

You can achieve so much when you travel – this is not just about the holiday. You will come away from your experience with more than just a bunch of photographs and souvenirs.

As your horizons expand, your natural curiosity and wonder about the world will continue to grow. Your desire to experience more, learn more and see more will only be satisfied with more – travel!

Travel is addictive – once you start you will want more. You will be determined and committed to making the travel plans happen. 

So this year, pick a place and go!  You won’t regret it!

This year TRAVEL MORE is at the top of Our Resolution List too.

We want to See, Feel, Live, Learn and Experience the world around us.

 

Go someplace youve never been before 

Last year, our new Travel Destination was Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu.  Santo is a beautiful Island filled with amazing sights and wonderful people.  Keep an eye out for a future blog post on this incredible destination.

What will our next new destination be in 2018….?  Find out later in the year!

Please share with us in the comments what your “someplace you’ve never been” was last year, or maybe what you would like it to be in 2018.

A Very Happy New Year to all our readers.  May 2018 be full of all the things that bring you Joy.

 

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