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Coconut Benefits ( A Gift From GOD) - Including Top Ten Producers And Benefit of Indian Shredded Coconuts

Updated on August 2, 2012

Coconut or cocoanut (cocoanut is an early form of spelling) is not actually a nut; it is a fruit of palm family. It gives us a complete meal, its meat can be used as a solid food and the water inside it can well be used as a tasty as well as healthy drink. Almost every part of a coconut is useful for mankind in a form or other. In India coconut is considered as a holy fruit and used in almost all rituals and religious ceremony as well as worshiping.

The Coconut Tree

A coconut tree grows up to 30 m tall, with pinnate leaves 4–6 m long, and pinnae 60–90 cm long; old leaves break away cleanly, leaving the trunk smooth.

Coconut trees require direct sunlight and humid atmosphere for good production. That is why it is mostly found in the coastal belt of tropical countries.

The coconut trees itself are also useful for making small traditional bridges and construction of houses in some parts of India. It is also used as firewood in rural areas. Coconut leaves are used for making roof of slums. It is also used for making sweeping equipments.

The Coconut Fruit

There are five layers in a coconut fruit. The outermost is a thin layer of hard peel, next layer is a thick layer of fiber used to make rope, and carpet etc., after that is the hard shell, inside the shell is the coconut meat and the center is filled with water.

The Coconut Products

Almost every part of a coconut contributes in producing some useful thing for mankind.

The outer layer fiber is used to produce rope and carpet materials.

Coconut shell is used for making shell charcoal to be used as fuel in traditional cooking, shell based activated carbon, shell handicrafts, shell ice cream cups and bear glasses, forks, show pieces, shell buttons, etc.

Coconut meat is used various purposes.

Raw meat (normally called coconut only) is used as ford ingredients like making coconut milk and coconut cream for cooking ingredient, chatni – a typical food companion used mostly in southern part of India, grated raw coconut is also used in making various Indian dishes.

Dried coconut is used for extracting coconut oil which is widely used as cooking oil, frying oil, hair oil, base for cosmetics and base for different pharmaceutical products.

Coconut water is used as a drink; water from a young coconut is very tasty and healthy. The young flesh of a young green coconut is also very tasty.

Coconut Production

Coconut palms are grown in more than 80 countries of the world, with a total production of 61 million tons per year. The list of top ten coconut producing countries including their annual production is given below.

Top ten coconut producers (December 2009 Data)

Country
Production (In Tons)
Philippines
19,500,000
Indonesia
15,319,500
India
10,894,000
Brazil
2,759,044
Sri Lanka
2,200,000
Thailand
1,721,640
Mexico
1,246,400
Vietnam
1,086,000
Papua New Guinea
677,000
Malaysia
555,120

Coconut Trees

Other Photographs of Coconut Products

Coconut Water
Coconut Water
Making Rope From Coconut Fiber
Making Rope From Coconut Fiber
Preparation for Rope Making
Preparation for Rope Making
Drying Coconut for Extracting Oil
Drying Coconut for Extracting Oil
Coconut Products
Coconut Products
Making Carpet with Coconut Fiber
Making Carpet with Coconut Fiber
Coconut Products
Coconut Products
Coconut used in Worshiping
Coconut used in Worshiping

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    • cupid51 profile imageAUTHOR

      cupid51 

      7 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks eventyoudesign for your lovely comment!

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      eventsyoudesign 

      7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Great information. I love coconut juice or toasted coconut is good too. Virgin coconut oil is very good for you as well. Thanks for sharing. Teresa

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      bcatgray 

      7 years ago from United States of America

      Wow! I had no idea. This is very interesting. I noticed that Hawaii is not on the list for producers. The movie and film industry make it seem that Hawaii is the main place for them. Thanks for this bit of education.

    • cupid51 profile imageAUTHOR

      cupid51 

      8 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks lex for reading my hub and supporting me!

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      lex123 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for a beautiful article.

    • cupid51 profile imageAUTHOR

      cupid51 

      8 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks Gypsy Willow for your reading! Glad to know that you also love coconut!

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      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I love coconuts especially the young coconut water sucked through a straw! Thanks for telling us about this wonderful fruit.

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      cupid51 

      8 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks carolina muscle for reading my hub and commenting on it!

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Interesting hub!!

    • cupid51 profile imageAUTHOR

      cupid51 

      8 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks dreamreachout for the appreciation. And thanks also for updating my knowledge; I really didn't know that news regarding Electro-Minerals factory!

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      dreamreachout 

      8 years ago

      "Duti ruti ek glass jol" .. Thats what Mahasweta Devi wrote in our Ananda Path!!

      One Industrial use you may not be knowing, the fibres of the outer shell containing high content of carbon sometimes greater than the common coal is absorbed for production of Electro-Minerals like Aloxite!! I know that Murugappa Group of Chennai opened a Electro-Minerals factory near Ernakulam so that they could use coconut fibres in their production and I can tell you that our coal from Dhanbad were failing before coconut in carbon content!!

      Your research before publishing a hub is adorable!!

    • cupid51 profile imageAUTHOR

      cupid51 

      8 years ago from INDIA

      Thank you D.A.L. for reading my hub and leaving an encouraging comment!

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      Dave 

      8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      cupid51, Thank you for adding to my knowledge about this fascinating subject. Your hub was both informative and interesting to read. The photographs are fantastic.

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