India, Nepal, China, Thailand, Brazil
The coconut palm is one of the most important crops of the tropics due to its popular fruit – the coconut!— which holds both meat and liquid. Surprisingly, it takes coconut palms at least 5 to 6 years to begin bearing coconut fruit and a full 15 years to reach ‘full bearing’ maturity. The harvested coconuts provide “copra,” the dried meat from which coconut oil is made. Coconut oil is a popular oil for cooking, and serves as the base of many beauty products. The meat is also harvested to create coconut milk, coconut water, and other commercial products. A coconut’s husk fibers can also be used to manufacture ropes, baskets, mats, and brooms.
“All good things start with a C: Coffee, chocolate, and coconut oil.”
A coconut palm’s roots, bark, and flowers can be used to promote the flow of urine, tend to uterine disease, and as an antiseptic applied to boils, scabies, toothaches, and more. People use coconut oil orally for heart disease, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, along with “ quality of life” uses such as fighting fatigue, building energy, and boosting the immune system. It can also
be applied directly to the skin and hair as a moisturizer, effective in treating eczema, psoriasis, and hair damage.