Coconut

Scientific Name: Cocos nucifera

Bahasa Indonesian: Kelapa

Batak: Kalapa

Basic Information: 

The coconut tree is a member of the palm tree family.The term “coconut” can refer to the whole coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which botanically is a drupe, not a nut. The term is derived from the 16th-century Portuguese and Spanish word coco, meaning “head” or “skull” after the three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facial features.

Coconuts are known for their versatility of uses, ranging from food to cosmetics.The inner flesh of the mature seed, as well as the coconut milk extracted from it, forms a regular part of the diets of many people in the tropics and subtropics. Coconuts are distinct from other fruits because their endosperm contains a large quantity of clear liquid, called “coconut water” or “coconut juice”.

Mature, ripe coconuts can be used as edible seeds, or processed for oil and plant milk from the flesh, charcoal from the hard shell, and coir from the fibrous husk. Dried coconut flesh is called copra, and the oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking – frying in particular – as well as in soaps and cosmetics. The hard shells, fibrous husks and long pinnate leaves can be used as material to make a variety of products for furnishing and decorating. The coconut also has cultural and religious significance in certain societies, particularly in India, where it is used in Hindu rituals.

 

Health Benefits:

  • Coconuts, in different forms, are anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasite
  • Restores and supports thyroid function
  • Helps keep hair and skin healthy and youthful looking, prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, and provides sun protection
  • Helps protect the body from cancers due to insulin reduction, removal of free radicals that cause premature aging and degenerative disease
  • Reduces risk of heart health and improves good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Nobody thinks of coconut as a good source of iron, but a half cup serving of coconut meat contains 11% of your daily recommended iron intake. Iron helps oxygenate your blood and bring oxygen to the rest of the body, boosting your energy levels and helping build healthy muscles

 

Fun Facts:

  • A coconut tree can have up to 180 coconuts harvested during a single harvest
  • Falling coconuts kill 150 people every year – 10 times the number of people killed by sharks
  • Coconut oil was the world’s leading vegetable oil until soybean oil took over in the 1960’s
  • Coconut water can be a substitute for blood plasma. The high level of sugar and other salts make it possible to add the water to the bloodstream, similar to how an IV solution works in modern medicine. Coconut water was known to be used during World War II in tropical areas for emergency transfusions
  • The coconut palm is grown in over 80 countries. The top 3 coconut producing countries in 2010 were the Philippines, Indonesia and India
  • In Thailand and Malaysia, trained pig-tailed macaques are used to harvest coconuts. In fact, there are still training schools for these monkeys in parts of the countries and each year competitions are held to find the fastest harvester

 

 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/food/coconuts.html

https://www.thefactsite.com/coconut-facts/

Coconut Fun Facts