Coconut Tree, A Great Gift of Nature to Mankind!
Coconut trees, belong to the Arecaceae family, are grown in many parts of the world. These trees are widely cultivated in countries like Philippines, Indonesia, India, Srilanka, Mexico, Thailand, Brazil and Malaysia. They can grow up to 30 m in height and leaves are about 5 to 6 m in length and need abundant sunlight and good rainfall throughout the year for the healthy growth.
The Uses of Coconut Tree
We know well that all most all parts of the coconut trees can be used for various purposes in our life and they can be revealed as a great gift by nature to the mankind. The coconuts obtained from these trees are delicious and never missed during food preparations in many parts of the world. The coconuts contain nutrients essential for our good health. They are naturally enriched with vitamins including vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E and minerals like calcium, sodium, phosphorus,magnesium and zinc.
The coconut oil obtained from the dried coconuts is used by the people of many countries to apply on head in order to keep good health and remove heat from the body. Tender coconut water, also called young coconut water, is having great medicinal properties which can cure many health problems like stomach pain, urinary infections, peptic ulcer and body heat.The tender coconut water is a good medicine for the chicken pox. During the summer season the demand for the tender coconuts will be very high in hot countries like India. Coconut leaves are used to make brooms used for cleaning purpose and sheets for the construction of temporary roofs. The trunk of the tree is used as beam while constructing roof of a house. Coconut fibers are largely used in the manufacture of ropes and other furniture. Many handicraft things will be made with the help of coconut shells and fibers. A white colored soft and delicious part of the coconut tree lying at the center of the trunk is popular in various parts of the world.
The Medicinal Uses of Coconut and Coconut Oil
The coconut milk prepared from the crushed coconut pieces and little water can be used as a well known medicine for mouth ulcers and peptic ulcers. The same thing can be added with cow milk, sugar and little bit of cardamom powder to get the most delicious and nutritious health drink.
The coconut oil is used in many parts of the world to take oil bath. About 50 ml of coconut oil is applied on the head before taking bath in order to remove heat from the body. While taking oil bath soap nut powder or besan flour is used instead of soap to get better reaults.
Industrial Uses of Coconut Trees
The important by-product of coconut trees is coconut fiber which is largely used in coir industries in many countries where these trees are widely grown. The other product, coconut husk is used for manufacturing industrial bricks. The coconuts are also processed in many countries to get desiccated coconut powder to make it worth for the long term storage and use.
Three Largest Growers of Coconut Trees in The World
Philiphines, Indonesia and India are the countries where we can find the large scale cultivation of coconut trees. Philiphines is the largest producer of coconuts in the world with the annual production of about 1.95 crore tonnes. Each year Indonesia produces 1.55 crore tonnes of coconuts and stands in the second place and the third largest producer of coconuts in the world is India with the annual production of 1.1 crore tonnes. In India most part of the cultivation of coconuts is done in South India.
September 2nd, The World Coconut Day
On September 2nd of 1996, the Asian Pacific countries joined together to form Asian Pacific Coconut Community. Since then every September 2nd of each year is celebrated as the coconut day. The aim of the formed community is to spread the awareness of coconut and coconut trees among the world people. They also study about the possibilities of the large scale production of desicated coconut and exporting it to the western countries.