Cocos Nucifera, also known as the coconut, is more then an iconic staple of tropical life. The coconut palm is considered the tree of life. That is because every part of the tree can be used and by everything I mean the trunk, palms, husks, fiber, fruit, oil, sap, leaves, milk, and meat. I am awe inspired by this infamous nut because I learned of how resilient the coconut is. The coconut can float hundreds of miles in the ocean during a hurricane and will finally beach itself in one piece and make a coconut palm tree! Amazing!
That resiliency showcases itself in all the extraordinary ways the coconut is good for your health as well. I suppose the coconut being the main source of food and medicine for Pacific Islanders is one of the reasons they are among the longest living and healthiest humans in the world.
Here are 5 fun facts about the coconut:
- The coconut palm is the national tree of the Maldives and its on their coat of arms.
- A young coconut has a lot of water in them, which can be used as a refreshing drink.
- The coconut is considered a drupe not a nut. Other drupes are peaches, cherries, and plums.
- Coconut oil has many many benefits such as prevents heart disease, reduces inflammation, cancer prevention, moisturizes skin and hair, boosts the immune system, improves memory and brain function, and many more. Check out here for more health benefits.
- The top three producers of coconuts are the Philippines, India, and Indonesia.
An easy way I try to get the wonderful benefits of coconut oil is by using it for my cooking oil, baking with it, and I put a tablespoon of it into my green tea in the morning. Yum! Try it!
While in the Dominican Republic I witnessed a baby coconut tree blossoming out of a coconut. I don’t know about you but I was very fascinated by this!