Coconuts are so delicious its almost hard to believe they are unsweetened and straight from nature! From fresh coconuts, to coconut cream, coconut water, coconut oil and coconut flesh, the versatility of using coconut in your cooking is incredible. And they grow on palm trees! Coconut products are one of our biggest sellers.
Coconut is a mature fruit of the cocos nucifera palm. It is one of very versatile and indispensable food item for millions of inhabitants in South and South-East Asia, and Pacific islands. It is one of the most sought-after ingredients in the kitchen since it employed in almost each and every recipe prepared in these parts of the world.
Coconuts belong to the large Palmaceae family of palm trees. The palm grows well under tropical climates. The palm requires moist, sandy, well-drained soil and flourishes well all along the saline-rich coastal regions.
In a season, a single coconut palm may yield 20-150 mature nuts. The fruit is oval in shape and measure between 5-10 inches in width. Its rough outer husk is light green, which becomes dry and turn gray as the nut matures. The husk is about 1-2 inches in thickness and made of tough fibers. Underneath the husk, there is a woody shell enclosing inner edible meat. Recently harvested mature fruits have coconut water inside its central hollow cavity surrounded by the white meat. The fruit with its shell, kernel, and water together constitutes a “coconut” that we usually see for sale.
Coconut is an indispensable food item for most people in tropical regions. It is a complete food rich in calories, vitamins, and minerals. A medium-size nut and water carrying 400 g provides almost all the daily-required essential minerals, vitamins, and energy for an adult.
Although, its meat is high in saturated fat in comparison to other common edible nuts, coconut has many bioactive compounds that are essential for better health.
The important saturated fatty acid in the coconut is lauric acid. Lauric acid increases good-HDL cholesterol levels in the blood. HDL is a high-density lipoprotein, which has beneficial effects on the coronary arteries by preventing vessel blockages. When coconut is digested, it also forms called monolaurin.
Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. These substances have been shown to kill the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus and the yeast Candida Albicans. Coconut is an excellent source of minerals such as copper, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc and also a very good source of B-complex vitamins.
Desiccated coconut is coconut meat that has been finely grated and dried. It can be used in so many dishes from sweet to savory. In India and Asian countries it is often added to curries or used in the preparation of cakes.
Desiccated coconut is used in mouth-watering sweet dishes like granola bars, cake, cookies, chocolate, pies, custard and used in fresh fruit recipes. It’s so pretty to use you can sprinkle it on cakes, roll energy balls in it, or add it to toppings for breakfast with fresh fruit. Go Coco...crazy with it!