About the Coconut

Coconut originated in the countries of South East Asia, where the fruit is still a staple food of many communities. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the inhabitants of some of the islands in the Indian Ocean used coconut as a currency. The word coconut is derived from the Spanish word “coco”, which means “monkey face”. This is because of the three dark markings that one observes on the base of the coconut, which gives the fruit the appearance of a monkey.

History of the Coconut

Coconut trees are native to Polynesia, Malaysia, and other countries of south East Asia.  The coconut tree is referred to as “Kalpa Vriksha” in Sanskrit, which literally translates to “a tree that provides all the essentials for life”. This is because all parts of the tree, including the fruit and the bark, are used by people living in the coastal cities of India to prepare their meals and build their huts. During World War II, paramedics used coconut water IVs to nurse wounded soldiers back to health, as coconut water contains all the essential nutrients that are present in human plasma. The coconut is also one of the largest seeds in the world. A coconut tree generally takes a year to mature and provides the harvester with 60-120 coconuts.

Benefits of Coconuts

• Coconut contains copper and vitamin C, a perfect combination of elements to keep the skin flexible and elastic.
• Coconut contains essential minerals such as iron, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium that help in building strong bones, regulating blood sugar levels, and relaxing the mind and body.
• Selenium present in coconut helps in reducing joint inflammation, thereby helping patients suffering from arthritis.
• People who suffer from frequent stomach upsets should drink coconut water regularly since it cools the stomach and improves digestion.
• The fiber present in coconut curbs food cravings and thus aids weight loss.