You Nutter – 10 Cracking Coconut Facts

Fact 1

Coconuts are a prehistoric plant that scientists believe came from the South Pacific around what is now known as New Guinea.

Fact 2

The sailors aboard Vasco de Gama’s ships gave the coconut its name. They called it “Coco”, named after a grimacing face or hobgoblin. When the “coco” came to England, the suffix of nut was added and that’s how the name came about.

Fact 3

Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides which are easy to digest. The oil is source of energy and has a quickening effect on the metabolism.

Fact 4

Coconut oil contains four growth hormones that help the development of many organisms. Coconut water is considered the “father of modern tissue culture science”.

Fact 5

Coconut water can be used as a substitute for blood Plasma!!!

Fact 6

They grow from sandy soil and an abundant amount of sun and rain. They are frequently found near the ocean and are so strong that they can remain the tasty fruit we all know even with the excessive salt in the air.

Fact 7

Coconut trees belong to the plant family known as Arecaceae and are the only species of the genus Cocos. They can grow up to 30 meters high.

Fact 8

Coconuts are the seeds of the coconut palm tree and considered a type of fruit. The “meat” of the coconut is high in protein; whereas the milk is refreshing, light and low in sugar.

Fact 9

Aside from their culinary purposes, they are also used for cosmetic purposes as well as a mosquito repellent.

Fact 10

Most plants have tap roots. However, the coconut tree has a fibrous root system. The tree gains the nutrition from thin branching roots growing from the stem.

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