Mutant Coconut: Ever Heard Of It?

Macapuno nut/fruit with its shell.  It looks like the regular coconut.
Macapuno nut/fruit with its shell. It looks like the regular coconut.
The jelly-like meat of macapuno
The jelly-like meat of macapuno
Macapuno preserves in bottle
Macapuno preserves in bottle
A macapuno showcase farm in Sorsogon, Albay
A macapuno showcase farm in Sorsogon, Albay

Macapuno Fruit or Nut

Macapuno fruit is some kind of a "mutant coconut. lt looks like the regular coconut fruit except that it is bigger. It does not contain water inside the shell. The meat of this Philippine variety of coconut is soft and jelly-like. They do not germinate because the soft and jelly-like meat or the interior do not support the growth and development of the embryo so that it is not possible for the fruit to have seedlings. The only way to reproduce a macapuno nut is to germinate a normal coconut from a macapuno palm or cluster.

Once a coconut tree bears macapuno fruit, some but not all of its fruit, as long as it lives turns out to be macapuno. Farmers have a way of knowing if a nut is a regular coconut or a macapuno by just knocking on the nut.

The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has developed coconut trees that yield around 80% macapuno nuts or fruits. It is in Albay (in Luzon) that macapuno grow in abundance. It is also where the PCA research center is.

Macapuno is usually made into preserves. It is cooked in sugar and place in jars or bottles. Macapuno preserves ares used in many Filipino delicacies. It is added to numerous desserts like ice creams, cakes, and it can also be used in bread, and gelatines, and more. It can also be eaten right from the bottle as a dessert itself. Be adventurous and try this new taste. It is available in Filipino food shops all over the world.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

How interesting! I'm a big lover of all things wonderful about coconuts - and thought I knew all about the trees.

There are many Filipino shops here in NYC - so I can look into this. Thanks a lot for the hub. Great information. Thank you.

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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

Great information-I received a present of some sweets made with this coconut,but I didn't understand the difference between it and regular coconut!Now I do)

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Alta5656 6 years ago from Davao City, Philippines Author

A Japanese friend asked me how to make coconut meat preserves, and he meant macapuno meat,that's how I realized there are those who are not aware about this wonderful fruit. Hope you can try one.

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borge_009 6 years ago from Philippines

What an interesting info you have here.

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Alta5656 6 years ago from Davao City, Philippines Author

Thank you, borge. Thanks for dropping by.

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