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Coconut Trees

The Coconut 'Tree of Life'

Coconut tree is one of the most useful trees in the world, and is often referred to as the "tree of life". It provides food, fuel, cosmetics, folk medicine and building materials, among many other uses.

The inner flesh of the mature seed, as well as the coconut milk extracted from it, forms a regular part of the diets of many people in the tropics and subtropics. Coconuts are distinct from other fruits because their endosperm contains a large quantity of clear liquid, called coconut water or coconut juice.

Mature, ripe coconuts can be used as edible seeds, or processed for oil and plant milk from the flesh, charcoal from the hard shell, and coir from the fibrous husk.

Dried coconut flesh is called copra, and the oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking – frying in particular – as well as in soaps and cosmetics.

The inflorescence or flowers produce nectar called Coconut Flower Drops that contain medicinal values and can be fermented. This version produces a healthy alcoholic beverage.

The hard shells, fibrous husks and long pinnate leaves can be used as material to make a variety of products for furnishing and decoration.

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