Coconut Benefits ( A Gift From GOD) - Including Top Ten Producers And Benefit of Indian Shredded Coconuts
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 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)
Production (In Tons)
Papua New Guinea