They’re everywhere – be it a mat for the floor, the water to refresh and quench our thirst, the milk to liven up a meal or the oil to….well we all know the numerous amazing uses for the oil!
Its cultivation is also one of the most sustainable practices on earth. Coconut trees can grow up to 100 feet and continue to yield coconuts for up to a century, bearing around 60 coconuts every 45 days!
Who’d have thought that this rather odd looking, hairy, hard ball shape could have so many uses and be used all the world over?
Well, where to even begin with this? There are so many uses:
The coconut provides us with so many nourishing and delicious foods! The meat is used to produce coconut oil, milk, desiccated coconut, nectar, sugar, while the water of the coconut is used mostly as a rehydration drink.
The rough husk and the shell of the coconut are used separately or together. The husk makes for a great natural exfoliant or pot plant but it is the shell of the coconut that we are most fond of :) The shell makes for beautiful, natural and sturdy bowls and utensils!
The less common parts of the coconut that you may use come from the actual tree itself. The trunk and leaves of the tree are used to make cooking and cleaning utensils, furniture and shelter, instruments even the tree root can be used as a dye. We've heard of a frayed root being used as a toothbrush!