Interesting facts about coconuts

Posted on Nov 24, 2022      388

Coconuts, colloquially called coconuts, are common in the tropics and equatorial zone. Since in these conditions they grow and mature all year round, it is not surprising that the local population has been eating them since ancient times, finding use for the tough coconut shell as well. Of course, you should not drink too much coconut milk, but in moderate doses, it is very useful. At least, so say some scientists.

Facts about coconuts

  • In the small Pacific country of the Kingdom of Tonga, life is so peaceful that the top spot on the list of most common causes of premature deaths is the fall of a coconut on your head.
  • The word “coconut” comes from the Portuguese “coco,” which means “monkey.”
  • In fact, the brown coconuts that are sold in stores are the kernel of the nut, peeled from the thick and tough rind.
  • It is not known for certain where the coconut palm comes from, but it is believed to be native to what is now Malaysia.
  • Coconuts can cross oceans and then, if they are thrown onto shore by the waves, they can easily germinate and become a new tree.
  • Coconut palms grow mostly along the coastline, although they can also be found inland if there is enough water.
  • The first place in the world in coconut production by a wide margin is occupied by Indonesia.
  • The trunk of a coconut palm can reach 45 cm in diameter and 30 meters in height, which is comparable to the height of a 10-story house.

  • A coconut palm always has 20 to 35 leaves.
  • A coconut weighs an average of 1.5 to 2.5 kg, and it usually takes 8 to 10 months to mature. These fruits grow in bundles of 15 to 20 pieces.
  • Botanists say that the coconut is not actually a nut, but a coconut fruit. However, this name has become firmly established.
  • Coconut pulp contains almost all substances necessary for the normal functioning of the human body.
  • Coconut water and coconut milk are different products. The first is characterized by transparency, it is got from green and immature coconuts. But to make coconut milk, the oily water of the fruit mixed with its pulverized flesh is used.
  • If the coconut is not damaged, the water inside it is absolutely sterile, like medical saline solution.
  • Coconut water contains vitamins B1, B3, B6, E, C, folic acid and a rare, but important for calcium absorption, vitamin K.
  • Due to its immune-stimulating properties, coconut helps improve the overall health of people with diabetes.
  • The coconut palm needs a lot of salt to grow, so farther the tree grows from the shore, the lower it usually is. And that’s why palms grow mostly on the shores of salty bodies of water, not freshwater.
  • Since the coconut palm has no branches or bark, botanists do not classify it as a tree, but as a perennial herbaceous plant.
  • Coconuts are used to make a variety of products-oil, desserts, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and more.

  • The coconut kernel, seemingly so hairy, also finds its uses. The coir, this “hair,” is stripped from the fruit and then used to weave ropes and cords from it.
  • In some countries, coconut trunks are used to make furniture.
  • In the Philippine capital, Manila, there is a famous coconut palace built entirely from coconut wood.
  • The average life span of this tree is 90-100 years.
  • During the year, the palm grows up to 400-450 nuts.
  • Because of its bactericidal properties, coconut does not rot even in heat and high humidity.
  • Coconut products are widely used in the cosmetics industry.
  • On average, about 150-160 people per year die because of coconut falls, and these are just the reported cases. In reality, there are probably many more.
  • In some countries, people train monkeys to get them coconuts from palm trees. In a day, a trained monkey can bring up to 500-700 nuts to its owner.
  • In the country of New Caledonia, one of the power plants runs on environmentally friendly oil squeezed from coconuts.
  • Because of its sterility, coconut water was used in medicine as a blood plasma substitute until the mid-1970s.