Cuckoo for coconuts
The humble coconut is an integral part of the Indian sentiment in different shapes and forms. From broken coconut shells in front of towering temples to tender coconut water on a hot summer’s day, we have a personal connection with this drupe. This Coconut Day, let’s talk about the benefits and share some fun facts about this stone fruit.
Did you know that the coconut is not a nut at all? In fact, like plums, peaches, or cherries, it is a drupe. Unlike other drupes, however, the coconut does not rely on other living beings to grow but disperses itself on ocean tides to travel across the globe, put down roots and thrive.
It is virtually impossible for coconut trees to grow away from the shore without humans transporting them and replanting them inland. Today they are found all over the world, but coconuts originated from the Indian sub-continent. The drupe was first called ‘coco’ by Portuguese sailors which loosely translates to ‘grinning look’ – the three holes on its shell looked like a smiling face, albeit a little spooky. And so it was, that it came to be called a coconut.
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Minerals found in coconut water perfectly mimic human plasma. In case of an emergency, there have been several documented cases where coconut water is used in place of saline solution. The stone fruit itself can improve your heart health, reduce the risk of hypertension, improve overall digestion, and even boost immunity.
Not only is it good for you, but it has also been proven to make you feel great! The versatile coconut can protect the body against kidney infection. It also promises to be your hydration partner, ensuring you have healthy hair, and youthful skin that is free of wrinkles and age spots. But there’s more! Coconut oil acts as a natural sunscreen and can prevent cancer.
The coconut tree is a zero-waste tree – every part of it can be used! Coconut lumber can be used in construction, several civilizations have used coconut in their battle armory, and the dried coconut husk has even been used as canvas for artists to paint on!
A lot of research is being done to position coconut as a biofuel that can be an alternative replacement for traditional fossil fuels. In the contemporary context, coconut oil can be used as a direct substitute for petroleum diesel – a base for biodiesel.
There is no doubt that this wonderous drupe deserves a day of celebration! Feel the difference yourself by taking our 21 Day Plants are Power Challenge.