Facts and Interesting Information About Coconut ( the Tree of Life)
Coconut is a tree that belongs to the Arecaceae family. The botanical name is Cocos nucifera. The name coconut is got from the Spanish word ‘cocos’ which literally means grinning look. All parts of the tree are useful. That is why it is referred to as a versatile tree. The coconut trees are commonly found in tropical areas. The tree grows up to thirty meters. There are dwarf varieties too. The tree has a single and sturdy trunk. It does not have any branches. Fruits are harvested once every forty days. If proper care is given during the growing stage, the tree will yield high quality large fruits. The fruit and the water inside the fruit are popular throughout the world.
The fruit of the coconut tree, referred to generally as coconut is made up of three layers: exocarp- shell, mesocarp- fiber and endocarp- edible meat. The exocarp and the mesocarp also have uses. The husk is dried and used for burning. It is also immersed in water to extract the fibers to form coir. Coir is used for making mats and other items. The dried coconut shell is used to make ladles, soup bowls, ice cream bowls, bird feeding bowls, music instruments and handicrafts. The husk is used as a pot for planting orchids.