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.
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.
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