Things About Coconuts You Didn’t Know
Did you know that coconuts are not nuts? They’re actually a drupe just like peaches, plums, apricots and cherries. This means they have a fleshy part surrounding a shell and a seed or kernel. But where does its name come from? Well, the term “coconut” comes from “coco” which in Portuguese and Spanish means “head” or “skull” , the reason for that being that the coconut has three holes at the base of the shell which resemble a face.
Every part of the coconut can be used in some way, including the fibre from the husk which is used to make ropes, door mats and brushes. The foliage and timber from the palm is used as building material and the copra which is the dried meat or kernel is used to extract coconut oil.
Do you know how coconuts are harvested? Usually by people who climb on the palms but in Malaysia and Thailand there are actually monkeys that are trained for this. They’re called pigtailed macaques and there are even competitions to determine the fastest monkey.
Coconut milk is made by grating the white flesh and soaking it in hot water to remove the solids so you could actually do that yourself. Coconut oil is made by pressing the raw flesh or by processing the copra.