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I don't even want to begin to tell you the amount of things that can be done with a coconut tree, or it's parts! But here is a short listing to appease the people that took the time to come to this web page! The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a type of palm tree and produces edible fruit. The fruits called nuts, have a white meat in the mature nut called copra. Copra is what is used to make coconut oil. The husk can be used for a mosquito repellent, and to make rope. The coconut shell can be used for utensils, bowls, bras ;), cups, and many other neat implements. That is just the fruit. Then we go onto the branch. The branch, is made up of a great rib which can be used for fire tongs, and other things. Individual leaflets can be made into toys, the midribs that are between each leaflet, can be collected in a quantity and put in a bundle and used as a broom. A section of the frond can be used to make a split rib carrier, and fans. A section of the side of the frond can be made into MANY different types of baskets, hats, mats, thatching, and other things just to name a few. Anyways there are two types of coconut trees. Three year coconut trees, are trees that bear fruit in approximately three years. Then there is the six year coconut tree, which produces fruit in about six years. You can easily distinguish between the two, as the three year coconut tree does not have a bulb at the base of the trunk, which is characteristic of the six year coconut tree. The three year coconut trees leaves are more uniform in shape, being as slender at the base of the leaf, up to about four to five inches from the tapering tip. The six year coconut tree however has a more larger leaf at the bottom, and tapers slightly through the leaf up until the tip. Now on the the different varieties in the six year, and three year trees. There are two colors of coconuts. There is the green variety and then there is the red/orange type. Now on Guam there are about seven different types of coconut trees. I don't have the listing right now, but I will research it, and anyone that is interested (who would be ? :) ) just email me and i'll get the info too you as soon as I get it.

Coconut (Maprao):
The coconut palm tree is one of the most useful of all trees in the tropics, providing not only food but raw materials for making all sorts of useful furnishings, household supplies and even recreational equipment. The fruit or nut is eaten at different stages of development; for the recipes in this book we are primarily interested in the flesh of the mature coconut, which is shredded and roasted to add a rich, nutty flavor to certain dishes and pressed to make coconut milk and cream for curries and soups.



For the handful of coconut recipes that call for roasted shredded coconut, it is not essential to go through the laborious process of removing the flesh from a fresh whole coconut. Simply use the dried, unsweetened shredded coconut sold in well-stocked Florida markets, natural food stores or gourmet supermarkets. Make sure it has not been sweetened. Store extras in an airtight jar or plastic bag in a cool place in the pantry.

To roast, spread the shredded coconut in a dry pan over moderate heat. Stir frequently until the coconut turns a rich and even golden brown color and very fragrant. Remove from pan and set aside to cool before using. Roasted coconut shreds keep for a couple of months in a sealed jar in the pantry.

Also of interest is a discussion on coconut cream and milk. Aside from the food value of the fruit, the coconut palm tree yields a sweet sap for making sugar (see palm sugar) and tender, edible shoots (unopened new leaves atop the palm, called "palm heart") which make a delectable crisp vegetable.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size 1 Whole
Serving per Container 1

Amount per serving
Salories 140 Calories form FAT 25


% of Daily Value *

Total Fat 3 g 5%
Saturated Fat 3 g 15%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 50 mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 28 g 9 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 4%
Sugar 15 g  
Protein 2 g  
Vitamin A
0 %
Vitamin C

*) Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calories diet. your daily values may be higher a lower depending on your calories needs.

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The Coconut Store

Coconut oil, sometimes labeled as coconut butter, is sometimes sold in health food stores. Your best bet is often to order online.

  • Wilderness Family Naturals sells a variety of coconut products, including unrefined Virgin coconut oil from the South Pacific and one from India (this is what we have been using lately: delicious!). They also sell a number of other delicious coconut products. Order directly online.
  • Mt. Banahaw Tropical Herbs in the Philippines also has an unrefined Virgin coconut oil, that is excellent. You can order it directly online from the Coconut-Info site.
  • Laureece offers Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines. They also offer herbal soaps and moisturizers.
  • Coconutoil-online dot com. has a virgin, unrefined coconut oil obtained by centrifuge separation from fresh coconut milk.
  • If you live in the UK, you can purchase the Philippine Virgin Coconut Oil online from Coconut-Connections dot com.
  • Omega Nutrition Coconut Oil is made from 100% organic unrefined oil. Sold in 16 ounce ($7.95) and 32 ounce ($12.95) black containers. Visit their website at:, or go directly to the page on coconut oil. You can order directly online or via phone at: 1-800-661-3529. There is a $30.00 minimum order. Consider also ordering The Healing Power of Coconut Oil by Bruce Fife, N.D.
  • Coconut oil is also available in Indian markets. I found a brand made in Fiji with no indication that it was organic (although there should be no reason to spray coconut trees) or how it was processed. This product had a much stronger coconut flavor -- almost soapy -- that it imparted to the food.

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In the west, most people know coconuts primarily in the sweetened, shredded form they've had in such desserts as coconut cake or coconut macaroons, or as sweetened milk for making pina coladas. Neither is a fair representation of what fresh coconuts really are like and the many different ways they can be used in cooking. Whenever I've had new cooking students who insist that they do not like coconuts, they always seem surprised by how delicious Thai curries, coconut soups and desserts tasted. Almost invariably, their prior gastronomical experiences with coconuts have been limited to the highly processed and sweetened products.

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In tropical Asia, coconuts are eaten in different stages of ripeness. When they are young and green, the clear juice inside some varieties is sweet and refreshing, sometimes naturally fragrant with a subtle hint of flowers. Not only is it a good thirst quencher, the juice is also good for reducing heat in the body. On hot days in the tropics when you feel sluggish and overheated, drink lots of young coconut juice. It will revive you and replenish your energies. In folk medicine, the fresh juice of young coconuts is also recommended for reducing fevers and relieving headaches, stomach upsets, diarrhea and dysentery, for strengthening the heart and for restoring energy to weakened bodies recovering from illness. It is believed that expectant mothers who regularly drink young coconut juice will help the fetus grow stronger and with greater vitality.

Not all young coconuts have juice that is sweet and fragrant. In some varieties the juice can be rather bland, sour and uninteresting. The mature fruits of these varieties are more delectable; as they ripen, the meat inside becomes thicker and richer, firmer and more pulpy. Its oil content increases, and it becomes a closer approximation of a nut. Most coconuts are grown for their mature fruits, which yield shredded coconut meat for making desserts and snacks; coconut milk for curries, soups and desserts; and coconut oil for cooking and for making soaps, candles, protective skin lotions and cosmetics. Copra, the dried meat of matured coconuts, is one of Thailand's major exports, providing an important source of food and raw material to other parts of Asia and the world.

Purchasing a Coconut

Unlike nuts such as almonds and walnuts, coconuts are more delicate than most people realize and do not have a long shelf life, especially after the outer husks have been removed. The fibrous husks are nature's protective cushion and are integral parts of coconuts, but because of their bulkiness, they usually have been pulled off and discarded. If stores do carry coconuts with husks still on, they may have trouble selling them. The dried, brown husks of matured coconuts aren't particularly attractive, and how would consumers here figure out how to get inside of one? It seems difficult enough to deal with the hard shell.

Without the outer husks, the shells bang against each other in transport and often crack or develop leaks. The eyes on one end are also exposed and subject to puncture and air seepage or mold growing inward. Air and mold entering the coconut will make the rich meat spoil quickly. That's why when purchasing a coconut at the store, be careful to choose one that is still heavy with juice. Shake it and if it seems dry, chances are there is a crack or leak in the shell; or it may have sat on the shelf too long, the juice having all but evaporated through the eyes. Check the eyes, they shouldn't look dark or moldy. Though often sealed with wax to prevent leakage, this does not guarantee that leakage has not occurred.

When looking for a coconut to buy, search first for a batch whose overall appearance suggests freshness. If there are several that are moldy and cracked, try another store. From a fresh-looking batch, choose the best-looking one, and if you wish to be doubly sure, take home an extra as back-up. If the market carries more than one kind of coconuts, select from those with rich brown shells if you wish to press fresh milk. Inside, the thick flesh should be a pure white color; if it has started to yellow, it most probably is rancid. Besides the thickness of the flesh, you can usually tell whether a coconut is old enough to yield creamy milk by looking at a cross-section of the shell. A well-matured one would have developed a very hard, chocolate-brown inner shell; this is the shell that can be carved to make implements and decorative items.

Coconuts with lighter brown shells generally are not as fully matured; the meat is delicious as a snack in itself, or shredded to make fillings and toppings for snack foods, appetizers and desserts. Milk pressed from these coconuts may be less creamy than good brands of canned coconut milk but its flavor can be fresher and tastier if you happened to have chosen coconuts from a shipment just off the boat from Asia. And although this milk is not quite creamy enough for curries and certain kinds of desserts, it adds a fragrant nuttiness to coconut soups that makes them heavenly!

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Coconut Recipes

If you arrived here via a search engine, don't miss my full feature on Coconut, including history, lore, selection and storage. Whether you're lucky enough to get fresh coconut or need to rely upon packaged, you'll find many recipes here to try, both savory and sweet. These recipes include those using not only flaked coconut, but also coconut milks.

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Coconut Recipes
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  Atkins Coconut Layer Cake
  Bonbon Jovi
  Chewy Coconut Macadamia Bars
  Chewy Maple Cookies
  Chicken Colombo
  Chicken Poached in Coconut Curry
  Chocolate Cherry Balls
  Coconut Beer Shrimp with Sweet & Tangy Sauce
  Coconut Cream
  Coconut Macadamia Pound Cake
  Coconut Macadamia Shortbread
  Coconut Macadamia Truffles
  Coconut Milk
  Coconut Mint Sorbet
  Coconut Muffins
  Coconut Pound Cake Recipes
  Coconut-Scented Rice with Almonds
  Coconut and Seafood Soup with Garlic Chives
  Crabmeat Soup
  Crispy Crunchy Granola Munchies
  Curried Acorn Squash
  Easy Caramel Pecan Bars
  Grand Marnier Nanaimo Bars
  Hawaiian Bagels
  Homemade Coconut Milk
  Indian Mutton Curry
  Indonesian Peanut Sauce
  Limes filled with Coconut
  Macadamia Banana Cream Pie
  Macadamia Nut Coconut Bars
  Mac-Nut Candy (Low-carb / high protein)
  Orange Fluff Salad
  Orange Oatmeal Cookies
  Peppery Avocado Puree
  Pink Champagne Cake
  Pongaroons (Macaroon Cookies)
  Pork & Peanuts in Lettuce Cups
  Potato Candy
  Sesame Seed Granola
  Smoked Turkey Salad Calypso
  South African Curried Beef Gratin
  Stone Crab Cobbler
  Thai-Inspired Chicken Soup
  Toasted Coconut and Lime Prawns
  Toasted or Colored Coconut
  Trash Snack Mix
  Yin Yang Papaya Dessert
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