FRESH COCONUT SEEDS SEMIHUSKED
Botanically speaking, coconut seeds are a fibrous one-seeded drupe, also known as a dry drupe. However, when using loose definitions, the coconut can be all three: a fruit, a nut, and a seed.
- In the shop: min. 0°C – max. 2°C
- Ethylene sensitivity: not
- Ethylene production: not
- At home: keep refrigerated
A coconut keeps for about a week at room temperature. A coconut is at its best when the flesh is soft and juicy. The secret of a good coconut: it splashes inside when shaken! A ripe coconut has a dark brown color and feels heavy.
Botanists love classification. However, classification of plants can be a complicated matter for the average person. Coconut seeds are classified as a fibrous one-seeded drupe. A drupe is a fruit with a hard stony covering enclosing the seed (like a peach or olive) and comes from the word drupa meaning overripe olive. A coconut, and all drupes have three layers: the exocarp (outer layer), the mesocarp (fleshy middle layer), and the endocarp (hard, a woody layer that surrounds the seed).
The coconut seeds we buy in the store does not resemble the coconut you find growing in a coconut palm. An untouched coconut has three layers. The outermost layer, which is typically smooth with a greenish color, is called the exocarp. The next layer is the fibrous husk, or mesocarp, which ultimately surrounds the hard woody layer called the endocarp. The endocarp surrounds the seed. Generally speaking, when you buy coconut seeds at the supermarket the exocarp and the mesocarp are removed and what you see is the endocarp.
Some scientists like to refer to the coconut as a water dispersal fruit and seed. A seed is the reproductive unit of a flowering plant. From a reproductive point of view, a seed has the “baby” plant inside, with two basic parts: the embryo root (hypocotyl) and the embryo leaves (epicotyl). In the coconut’s case, if you look at one end of the coconut, you’ll see three pores (also called eyes). The coconut seed germinates and a shoot emerges from one of the pores. In addition to the “baby” plant in the seed, there is the food to kick off its life called the endosperm. The endosperm is what makes up most of the seed and, in the coconut’s case, is the yummy white stuff we eat.
The word coconut itself can also be confusing because the word “nut” is contained in the word. A nut can be defined as a one-seeded fruit. With that loose definition, a coconut can also be a nut. However, a coconut is not a true nut. A true nut, such as the acorn, are indehiscent or do not open at maturity to release its seeds. The seeds are released when the fruit wall decays or are digested by an animal.
Coconuts are both delicious and nutritious
Yet another interesting aspect of the coconut seeds that has baffled scientists for over 200 years is where did it originate? Is it of Old World or New World origin? Scientists have used art, botany, entomology, etymology, folklore, fossils, genetics, and travel records to try to figure out where the coconut first appeared.
Odoardo Beccari, a renowned palm specialist from the early 20th century, suggests that the coconut seeds are of Old World origin and more than likely came from the Indian Archipelago or Polynesia. To strengthen his argument, there are more varieties of coconut palms in the Eastern hemisphere than in the Americas.
However, some scientists (O.F. Cook, H.B. Guppy, K.F.P. von Martius,) argue that the coconut is of New World origins, having migrated westward across the Pacific.
Interesting Coconut Facts
- Every bit of the coconut is used. As a result, coconuts are called the “Tree of Life” and can produce the drink, fiber, food, fuel, utensils, musical instruments, and much more.
- When intravenous (IV) solution was in short supply, doctors during World War II and Vietnam used coconut water in substitution of IV solutions.
- Botanically, the coconut palm is not a tree since there is no bark, no branches, or secondary growth. A coconut palm is a woody perennial monocotyledon with the trunk being the stem.
- Possibly the oldest reference is from Cosmas, a 5th century AD Egyptian traveler. He wrote about the “Indian nut” or “nut of India” after visiting India and Ceylon, Some scholars believe Cosmas was describing a coconut.
- Soleyman, an Arab merchant, visited China in the 9th century and describes the use of coir fiber and toddy made from coconuts.
- In the 16th century, Sr. Francis Drake called coconut “nargiles”, which was the common term used until the 1700’s when the word coconut was established.
- It takes 11 -12 months for the coconut to mature.
- At one time scientists identified over 60 species of Cocos palm. Today, the coconut is monotypic with one species, nucifera. However, there are over 80 varieties of coconut palms, which are defined by characteristics such as dwarf and tall.
- Coconut growing regions are as far north as Hawaii and as far south as Madagascar.
Benefits of Coconut Fruit: Why Should You Eat Coconuts
Coconuts are both delicious and nutritious, and you definitely should include them in your diet if you want to stay healthy and enjoy your meals in the process. Health benefits of coconut fruit are numerous. The most important of them are:
- Coconut can be considered a complete food as it’s incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals, and calories. One fruit can provide you with a daily dose of almost all essential nutrients.
- Lauric acid is the most important saturated fat provided by coconuts. It lowers the level of bad cholesterol in your body and helps keep your arteries clean and healthy.
- Coconut water is not only a delicious and refreshing drink, it is also rich in electrolytes, enzymes, and minerals. Therefore, it helps digestion and boosts your metabolism. This is one of the reasons as to why coconuts are good for weight loss even despite their high-calorie count.
- Cytokinin, one of the elements found in coconut water, possesses potent anti-carcinogenic and anti-aging properties.
- Coconut kernel is rich in copper, iron, manganese, and zinc, which makes it one of the best sources of these essential minerals.
- Eating coconuts strengthen you immunity as these fruits possess strong anti-viral properties. It doesn’t matter what form you choose as every part of the fruit is equally effective in the fight against bacteria.
- Coconuts not only provide you with nutrition but also improve your body’s ability to absorb magnesium and calcium, two elements essential for bone health. Therefore, eating coconuts regularly reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis.
- There is no arguing the fact that coconuts contain plenty of saturated fats, but this is the reason that makes them so nutritious and allows this fruit to provide you with a powerful energy boost that will last a while.
Do you still wonder what are the benefits of eating coconut? In essence, this fruit is a perfect snack for the times when you require nutrition but don’t have the time to prepare a proper meal. We offer some premium quality desiccated coconut in our online store. Try munching on it when you are in a dire need of an energy boost and soon you won’t remember how you’ve ever managed to live without it.
Coconuts contain between 200 – 350 ml of 100% natural coconut water and between 100-140 mg of coconut pulp, with a weight of 0, 80 – 1.1 kg / pcs.
About the Product
- Fresh mature coconut without exocarp and mesocarp, Giant, dwarf and hybrid varieties, belonging to the family Cocos Nuciferas L.
- Ovoid appearance, conical presentation, diamond type.
- They usually have between 10 to 15 cm however they can reach up to 17 cm long and a little more, their weight ranges between 800 and 2000 g.
- It has skin (shell) of green, brown and orange. Texture: Hard and solid.
- Its flavor is slightly sweet and refreshing.
- Minimum quality requirements Coconuts must meet the following requirements: There must be no presence of any foreign material, such as soil, agrochemical residues, or residues from the handling operation such as knocks, molds, decay and/or stains, cracks And internal decline.
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- Unit Type: Piece
- Carton Box
- Package Weight: 4 lbs
- Package Size: 13.11in x 12.67in x 3.93in