Coconut - A wonder fruit?

Coconuts. - Bunches of juicy yellow coloured coconuts waiting to be harvested.  They normally used a trained monkey to get the job done. At a cheap cost as well. After all, the monkey is cheap labour - eats bananas only.
Malaysia
January 13, 2007 9:53am CST
There is a saying that the coconut tree has a 1001 use. I love drinking fresh coconut juice and eating it after that. To us, coconut is a cooling drink. There are so many use for the coconut tree and it's fruits. Why don't we discussed ways the coconut has come into our life and what use we had for it. I shall start by saying that even after the coconut milk have been squeezed dry, its crusts is dried and baked into crispy biscuit. Share your experience with coconut. In order to let everyone have a chance, do post only one use of coconut that you favour most.
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• Nigeria
13 Jan 07
my friends used to call me coconut butt. im glad that one wore itself out, hehe! we have about eight coconut trees here in our house so we get regular supply of cocnuts
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
14 Jan 07
LOL! What an interesting nickname, chimex4real2k2. Coconut butt! That is the most interesting use of the word coconut I've heard in awhile. I love coconut and haven't had any in ages. Maybe I should buy one next time I am at the store. ^_^
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• United States
13 Jan 07
I haven't had a fresh coconut in many years. But I remember the refreshing of the Milk of the coconut and I enjoy shredded coconut in moderation in baking etc. Personally I always just enjoyed "meat" of the coconut without in being in anything else. And of course I must mention my extreme delight in the famous Mounds candy bar. I don't have any recipes to share, I am enjoying the wonderful responses of others, thank you interesting topic! :)
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• Philippines
13 Jan 07
In our country we call it the coconut "virgin oil"--they made it into capsules so that it will be easier to drink (inspite of the flavor thought), and is considered as a drinking vitamin here
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
13 Jan 07
Coconuts are the coolest fruit. And I love to eat them. I have never had fresh coconut. I live in Canada and man it's tough to grow them in the snow. :)
• Malaysia
13 Jan 07
Nothing beats drinking a really fresh coconut. It is so pure and natural. Yeah, too bad it can't grow in the snow. You need to visit my country, Malaysia, to taste this wonderful fruit and it's cheap too.
• India
14 Jan 07
it indeed is a very helpful fruit
@LadyLudie (359)
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
Coconut...I grew up with the coconut.you are right it's not only a wonder fruit but a super one!See from the whole of it we can use every part of it;to build a hut or even a house,to make a broom ,to make a soap,to use as a firewood,to produce oil,to relieve thirst and hunger,to make a decoration,to use as a cup, as a spoon, a husk,and many more!have you ever taste a mouth watering young coconut salad or a coconut bud cooked with the coconut milk?have you ever use it's oil for cooking or for medication for some illnesses?try to discover more for those who don't experience yet the wonders of COCONUT!
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• Canada
13 Jan 07
Wow you really got alot of good ways of using a coconut. Some i never thought were possible...
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@Pekachu (1114)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I have never used coconut for anything except for eating it in an almond joy candy bar are there any health benefits i thought it was fattening
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• Romania
13 Jan 07
I enjoy drinking the coconut milk...it's so refreshing:)
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• United States
13 Jan 07
1. The smoke of the burning husk is a natural mosquito repellent. 2. The dried shell of the coconut can be made into many forms of bowls/cups or storage containers. 3. The water can be drunk/cooked with or mixed with rum for cocktails. 4. The dried husk of the coconut makes the best cooking fire for BBQ's or just plain campfire cooking, 5. The eat can be rendered to make a very fine oil that can provide lighting at night or cooking oil or as a skin lotion. Here are just a few
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• India
13 Jan 07
I love coconut juice that is the liquid coming out from it very much.Iam from a state of india were there is full of coconut trees.I live in gods own country 'kerala'.You can search for kerala in internet and you can found out how coconut has a great influence on us.
@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
14 Jan 07
I love coconut in Thai food, they know how to make delicious meals blending curry with coconut milk...de lic ious
@brimia (6584)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I like to use coconut oil as a moisturizer on my skin. It's very rich and natural.
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• Malaysia
6 Feb 07
I have been using it lately. I totally agree with you. It is cheap and effective. Modern processed moisturiser could never beat the use of coconut oil. It really gives me a silky feeling after using.
@eolivan (414)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
the coconut really has many uses, that's why it is called the wonder fruit. i believe it is now developed as a coco diesel/fuel. Before, we used to make laundry soaps, perfumes, cooking oil, and lots more from the coconut fruit. the branch is also being used as a coco lumber as alternative to the hard lumber, which is more cheaper. some waste from the copra is also being added as ingredient for fertilizers, and others already mentioned above.
• Malaysia
29 Jan 07
I often wish I could go back to my childhood days. That was when we did not have much money. The coconut did prove it's worth to my family. Oil for cooking, leaves for the roof, the juice for drinking, the meat for eating and making dried pancakes. I still think of the wonderful curry my mom would dish out, using cocunut milk. Life was more meaningful then.
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@k3tk3t (3131)
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
wow..thank you for the information..nice one..
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@wdiong (1817)
• Singapore
14 Jan 07
I'm fortunate to live in Southeast Asia for we are able to get fresh coconuts readily and cheaply. Besides drinking the refreshing juice ,we normally use the coconut milk to prepare curries and yummy desserts.
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• Malaysia
5 Feb 07
Speaking of curries, I think that's what I planned to have for dinner tonight. Fish head curry with plenty of coconut milk in it. Plenty of coconut milk may not be a good thing but it does make me sleepy after that. That's what I want after a good delicious dinner.
@raveemenon (1071)
• India
14 Jan 07
I am from the land of coconuts in India. It is a wonder nut not a fruit.It is basically used in kerala for making cooking oil, to add taste to the spicy curries, as tender coconut in place of colas and pepsis. further its husk is used to make mats and coir that is being used as ropes.coconut shell is used to make handicraft items and its kernel for toffees.still its oil is also used for soap and also as virgin oiul and also as medicine.coconut leaves are used here to make thatched sheds in villages that is pretty cool.Its flower before it bears the nut is used to make an ayurvedic medicine that is pretty effective in back pain especially after delivery.
• Malaysia
22 Jan 07
After posting this discussion for about a week, I have learnt so much about the use of coconut. I will probably summarize the knowledge learnt into my notebook. Such a cheap remedy for so many ailments. If only more members would take this informations here and use it for themselves. Then we have done ourself a favour to help curb slight inflation.
@asfi123 (955)
• India
14 Jan 07
a   photo   of   a      coconut - a   photo   of   a    coconut which is really healthy
All parts of the coconut palm are useful, and the palms have a comparatively high yield (up to 75 fruits per year); it therefore has significant economic value. The name for the coconut palm in Sanskrit is kalpa vriksha, which translates as "the tree which provides all the necessities of life". In Malay, the coconut is known as pokok seribu guna, "the tree of a thousand uses". In the Philippines, the coconut is commonly given the title "Tree of Life". Uses of the various parts of the palm include:and here are some other uses Coconut water can be used as an intravenous fluid (see PMID 10674546). The coir (the fibre from the husk of the coconut) is used in ropes, mats, brushes, caulking boats and as stuffing fibre; it is also used extensively in horticulture for making potting compost. Copra is the dried meat of the seed which is the source of coconut oil. The leaves provide materials for baskets and roofing thatch. Palmwood comes from the trunk and is increasingly being used as an ecologically-sound substitute for endangered hardwoods. It has several applications, particularly in furniture and specialized construction (notably in Manila's Coconut Palace). Hawaiians hollowed the trunk to form a drum, a container, or even small canoes. The husk and shells can be used for fuel and are a good source of charcoal. Dried half coconut shells with husks are used to buff floors. In the Philippines, it is known as bunot. Shirt buttons can be carved out of dried coconut shell. Coconut buttons are often used for Hawaiian Aloha shirts. The stiff leaflet midribs make cooking skewers, kindling arrows, or bound into bundles, brooms and brushes. The roots are used as a dye, a mouthwash, or a medicine for dysentery. A frayed-out piece of root makes a poor man's toothbrush. Half coconut shells are used in theatre, banged together to create the sound effect of a horse's hoofbeats. They were used in this way in the Monty Python film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Half coconut shells may be deployed as an improvised bra, especially for comedic effect or theatrical purposes. They were used in this way in the 1970s UK sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum for example. In fairgrounds, a "coconut shy" is a popular target practice game, and coconuts are commonly given as prizes. A coconut can be hollowed out and used as a home for a rodent or small bird. Fresh inner coconut husk can also be rubbed on the lens of snorkelling goggles to prevent fogging during use Dried coconut leaves when burned into ash contains amounts of lime Dried half coconut shells are used as the bodies of musical instruments, including the Chinese yehu and banhu, and the Vietnamese dàn gáo. Coconut is also commonly used as a herbal remedy in Pakistan to treat bites from rats. The "branches" (leaf petioles) are whippy (strong and flexible) enough to make a redouted switch, the traditional use of which in tribal justice was for instance revived by referendum among the Gilbertese community on Choiseul (Solomon islands) in 2005 CorPun. Coconut seedlings are popular novelty houseplants. The leaves can be woven (by weaving opposing leaves into each other) to create effective roofing materials, or Reed Mats.
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• Malaysia
15 Jan 07
I am so impressed by this post. You really did a detailed study on this fruit. I am sure everyone who reads this post will benefit in one way or another. If more members could provide us their experiences or knowledge of coconut, we can actually compiled everything into an ebook.
@Stijn1234 (266)
• Belgium
14 Jan 07
A beautiful sort of fruit. Too bad it doesn't grow overhere in Belgium.
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• Malaysia
14 Jan 07
So sorry you have to miss this fruit. Talking about it, reading all the responses, I am already drooling for a nice fresh one. Reading all the helpful posts, I am so glad this discussion was created. Now I can really economize by using coconut products for more things in place of those higher cost artificial ones.
@cuddiluk (1523)
• Philippines
14 Jan 07
Yes it is a wonder fruit. I used to drink juice from the young coconut and I ate the flesh. The coconut oil has many uses; it can be used as herbal medicines, cooking oil, skin lotion (for those having skin irritation or disease). Coconut oil has a lauric acid that is found also from a mother's milk. I saw from tv report that a guy having HIV took virgin coconut oil for him to be cure. I don't know if that is once in a blue moon jackpot to him, because fortunately, it CURED him.
• Malaysia
29 Jan 07
Lauric acid in coconut. That's news to me. I believe that there are many other uses of coconut products that we still do not know of. If anyone has anymore, please do post so that all of us can learn more about this great God created fruit.
@rysa112 (10)
• Qatar
13 Jan 07
well i compeletely aggree coconut has is a multy purpuse fruit..great to eat, good for cooking , n more stuff!!!n i use it for cooking and ma hair too :P
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@grbnrj (105)
• India
13 Jan 07
yaa coconut hair oil is also nice. it cools down our head.
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• Malaysia
15 Jan 07
Yeah I can say that coconut is a wonder and very usefull fruit. In my hometown,people make handycraft from the coconut shell, and the leaves they use them to make a sweeper ( or broom). And the coconut juice is for drinks! Love it so muchs!
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