The TIANA Guide to Coconut Oil Uses
WELCOME to The TIANA Guide to Coconut Oil Uses
Are you interested in knowing more about coconut oil uses and benefits? You should be; it is not only nature’s purest treasure – it’s the Swiss Army knife of the health food store!
Within The TIANA Guide to Coconut Oil uses you’ll find details on how you can cook, bake and fry with it; how you can apply it as a cosmetic and how it soothes, heals and remedies a wide range of maladies and skin conditions. A jar of coconut oil should be in every home!
What is a Coconut?
Perhaps surprisingly, the coconut isn’t a nut, at all!
The term “coconut” can refer to:
For the purpose of this article “coconut” references the fruit of the coconut palm.
The coconut – it’s not a nut, but something called a drupe. A drupe is a fruit – one which has a hard stony covering encasing the seed (other examples of drupes include olives, cherries and peaches). More specifically, it is a fibrous one-seeded drupe. All drupes are formed of three layers: the exocarp (typically smooth and green, outer layer), the mesocarp (fleshy, middle layer), and the endocarp (the tough, woody layer surrounding the seed).
The coconuts you see in the shops bear little resemblance to those just harvested from the Coconut Palm (tree); while freshly harvested coconuts have their exocarp, mesocarp and endocarp intact, the ones you see in the shops have had their two outermost layers removed – and what you are looking at in the shop are their endocarps.
The Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) needs abundant sunlight, high humidity, and regular rainfall if it is to thrive so Coconuts are most successfully grown in tropical or sub-tropical regions. Varying qualities are produced in over 80 countries – from India to Thailand and from Oman to Sri Lanka.
What is a Coconut: Some Facts
The coconut palm is grown in tropical regions for both culinary and non-culinary uses, including decoration. People can find a use for almost every part of the coconut palm and its versatility is reflected in the name that it is given in a number of countries. In Sanskrit, it is kalpa vriksha (the tree which provides all the necessities of life); in the Malay language, it is called pokok seribu guna (the tree of a thousand uses) and in the Philippines*, it is commonly called the “tree of life”.
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