Coconut

Coconut is rich in vitamins B and E. It also contains mineral salts, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium and is noted for its fibre content. The geographical origins of coconuts are uncertain, but the signs suggest that they come from the Indo-Pacific region; fossilised coconuts dating back to the Tertiary Era have been found in New Zealand.

Benefits:

  • Coconut is rich in vitamins B and E and is therefore a good antioxidant.
  • It also provides mineral salts, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, which help with bone mineral density.
  • It has a high fibre content.
  • Coconut water is considered a natural isotonic drink because of its health-benefiting properties.

Uses:

- Food: As a food, coconut is treated and presented in incredibly varied ways. It can be found in drinks and cocktails, yoghurts and all kinds of dairy products, or grated on desserts and pastries.

- Other uses:

  • In the cosmetics industry, coconut is used for manufacturing soaps, shampoos, creams and other products for caring for and enhancing our skin and hair.
  • Coconut flour is used for livestock feed and the leaves are used as fodder.
  • Coconut wood is used for building cabins and furniture, especially in parts of the tropics, while palm leaves are widely used for manufacturing and decorating all kinds of items, such as baskets, rugs, bags and jewellery.
  • Copra is made from the fruit’s dried and chopped endosperm.
  • In traditional natural medicine, coconut was also used for treating multiple illnesses, burns, constipation, etc.