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Tree of Life

Coconut planters in Asia have benefited from the rising demand for coco by-products. The coconut, often called the 'tree of life' lives up to its name with all its parts being harnessed for every imaginable use. From its roots, to the branches, it serves as food, medicine, building material, cooking ingredient, and many other uses.

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Shredded buko
Shredded buko
Shredded buko | Source

Coconut Meat

Mature coconuts are harvested for the meat which is processed for many useful by-products. In the Philippines, this is called Copra or the mature coconut meat, taken out of their shells, left out to dry in the sun or smoke-dried in kilns. The dried copra is processed or extracted for cooking oil products, as soap ingredient and many other useful by-products.

Meanwhile, shredded, grated and powdered coconut meat is an essential ingredient for cakes, pastries and other delicious snack foods. More so, when coconut water is fermented, coconut meat becomes nata de coco, an essential ingredients for salads and 'Halo Halo ' a Filipino dessert (refer to video recipe below ). The coconut meat is also a rich source of the coconut virgin oil known to be a healthy and alternative cure to certain human diseases.

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons (Koehler images)
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons (Koehler images) | Source

Coconut Milk

The sweet coconut milk, likewise an important ingredient in a number of food products like ice cream as well as other dishes is obtained by pressing the grated coconut meat by hand or with the use of a mechanical presser. It is considered healthy due to its antimicrobial properties and is known for treating mouth and stomach ulcers. Coconut cream also comes from coconut milk but it is with a less watery consistency, and often the thick creamy part that rises to the top when coco milk is left to stand for a few hours. The coconut milk or cream is usually sold in cans in many western countries.

"Buko"

The young coconut fruit, termed as 'buko' in the Filipino is well-characterized by its green color and the thin, succulent sweet meat inside may be enjoyed in many ways. The 'buko' is a refreshing and healthy snack as well as a main ingredients for salads, ice creams, cakes, pies and a host of other recipes. Moreover, the sweet meat of the young coconuts is know for a great ingredient to the famous 'buko' pie of Laguna, Philippines.

Buko juice. Image credit: crazyacey on Flickr (image requires attribution)
Buko juice. Image credit: crazyacey on Flickr (image requires attribution) | Source
Coconut flooring by palmglobal.com (image credit to Palmglobal)
Coconut flooring by palmglobal.com (image credit to Palmglobal) | Source

Coconut Wood

The stem of the coconut tree turns into cocolumber used for building structures. Coco lumber with a higher density kind are also used as posts, poles, flooring as well as wood tiles. Another product from this part of the tree is paper.

The 'Tuba'.
The 'Tuba'. | Source

Coconut Water and Wine

Coconut water from the young coconuts has long been believed to be an healthy option to cure kidney problems and other urinary infections. Not only that, coconut juice is a much better alternative to drinking soft drinks and sugared juice drinks. Apart from its great taste, coconut water is literally fat-free. The coconut water or coco juice is often sold fresh or canned in some areas.

Coconut water is also fermented to become vinegar. Another product coming from the coconut bud is coconut wine,also known as 'tuba' in local Philippine dialect. The tuba refers to the sap of the coconut bud being extracted and collected in a bamboo container. Tuba has a sweet or bittersweet taste. In certain areas in the countryside, tuba is dyed red. When this local wine is processed or distilled, this is called lambanog.

Even the coconut shell is not wasted since it is crafted as woodem utensils, food containers, interior decorating pieces for homes and even as fuel for biomass, charcoal for kilns either for residential or industrial use.

The coconut husk, deemed a waste product, still has another use as it can be turned into a floor polisher or 'bunot' and useful as biomass fuel. Coconut leaves likewise is used as a roofing or cleaning material as brooms. The coconut bud or 'ubod' is can be cooked into a delightful dish. Coconut coir, another by-product from coconut husk can be used as an organic soil conditioner anddsoil-less planting medium. Still another part of the coconut, the root, may be used as an alternative medicine for some ailments. .

Indeed, the coconut tree is the only tree that boasts total usage from root to the crown. No wonder, the coconut tree has been a reliable source of living as well as exports in many tropical countries.

'Calamay', a Jagna, Bohol (Phils.)  delicacy using coconut shell. (image credit to whologwhy on Flickr, image requires attribution)
'Calamay', a Jagna, Bohol (Phils.) delicacy using coconut shell. (image credit to whologwhy on Flickr, image requires attribution) | Source
Coconut Trees in the middle of a rice farm in Bohol (Image credit: Glenn Escabusa)
Coconut Trees in the middle of a rice farm in Bohol (Image credit: Glenn Escabusa)
A coconut grove in San Isidro, Duero, Bohol (Philippines). (Image credit: Erma Ciancimino)
A coconut grove in San Isidro, Duero, Bohol (Philippines). (Image credit: Erma Ciancimino)

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Recipes using 'Buko" or Young Coconut (Video credit: Panlasangpinoy on Youtube)

Yummy Buko Pie! (video credit to Panlasangpinoy)

Buko Tarts (Video credit to nanaynikikay on YouTube)

Fruit Salad with Buko (video credit to Kainang Pinoy on YouTube)

Bibingka Recipe (using coconut milk) video credit to Panlasangpinoy

video credit to Ratsniffproductions

video credit to TheCouchTV on YouTube

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gmmurgirl 4 years ago from Pilipinas Author

Hi dandalps! Wow, another coconut lover here. Good for you to actually buy a farm and grow coconuts. I would love to have one myself in the near future. Thanks for reading this coconut hub.


dandalps 4 years ago

thanks for thr info..its very nice..i love it..i love coconut very much.. that's why i plan to buy a agri-land to plant coconut tree...in gods will.


alieza marie nayve 5 years ago

hi ate erma..its nice you posted our place in san isidro..the coconuts


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gmmurgirl 6 years ago from Pilipinas Author

Hello LoveOurPlanet! Yes, bamboo is also indigenous in the Philippines. With bamboo and coconut tree, one can already build a house or any other useful things. I'm glad you found coconuts and its by-products useful in your company. Thanks for the added info!


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LoveOurPlanet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

So glad to find out more about the coconut! That and bamboo have to be about the best sustainable-use materials I've heard of the past few years.

Coconut plays a major role in some products for the company for which I'm an independent distributor (Shaklee). They make our non-toxic household products from ingredients derived from coconut and corn. Also our brand new water filter pitcher features refillable (i.e. "greener") filters made from sustainable coconut shell carbon using a zero-emission process.


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gmmurgirl 6 years ago from Pilipinas Author

Websclubs, thank you very much for liking this hub! I guess my love for eating any 'buko' (young coconut) food really shows in this hub. I love this thing so much that a day without seeing it in my table is just incomplete. It is one of the few indulgences that is guilt-free and fat-free, so I can eat all I want! Thanks once again.


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gmmurgirl 6 years ago from Pilipinas Author

Hi Ms. Stephhicks68. I'm glad you found this hub useful. I also got to read some of yours and admire you. Thanks again! - gmmugirl


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websclubs 6 years ago

Hi Gmmurgirl,

reliable source of living...coconut trees from root to the crown- coconut husk,can be turned into a floor polisher as well as can even be used as a biomass fuel- coconut husk... by-product from coconut husk organic soil conditioner & soil-less planting medium- coconut shell used as a biomass or charcoal and fuel, utensils, food containers, decorative materials,create crafts, etc.

The stem of the coconut tree is lumber for building structures-- coconut trees bring even more quality to life- A higher density kind of coconut wood is used as post, poles, flooring & wood tiles as well as processed into paper. -coconut leaves roofing material also used to make brooms. coconut bud is cooked as a vegetable dish... coconut milk or cream from the the sweet grated coconut meat of the young coconuts refreshing and healthy snack... coconut juice,healthy drink is fat-free . The coconut water or coco juice. coconut trees, the root an alternative medicine for ailments. a coconut tree provides: Food, medicine, building material, cooking ingredient, and much more.

Nice hub Thanks.

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Really thorough, useful hub about coconut! Glad I found it. Rated up!

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