September 2nd is World Coconut Day! Let’s take a moment to celebrate this delicious and nutritious fruit. Coconuts are a great source of healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins. They can help boost your energy, improve your digestion, and even help you lose weight. So let’s raise a glass (of coconut water, of course!) to the humble coconut. Here’s to a happy and healthy World Coconut Day!
Today, September 2 is observed as World Coconut Day. This day highlights the significance of coconuts in our daily lives and how beneficial are they for health. Coconuts are some of the most popular and versatile fruits in the world.
World Coconut Day
This year’s theme for “World Coconut Day” is “Growing coconut for a better future and life“.
The coconut tree is a symbol of “life” in many philosophies. It is referred to as the “tree of life” because of its versatile usage in food, cosmetics, medicines and others things. The event started on September 2, 2009, by the Asia Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) to raise awareness and the significance of coconuts and their impact on society.
Uses of coconut
- Coconut, coconut oil and coconut milk are major ingredients in many food recipes.
- It is said to reduce obesity and promote digestion.
- Coconut water has many health benefits and not to mention that it is one of the sought out drinks of summer.
- Coconut leaves are used to make brooms, baskets, mats and much more.
- The coir from the coconut is natural elastic fiber which can be used to make ropes, strings, mats, stuffing for mattress etc.
- Coconut shell and husk are source of charcoal and can be used as fuel
- Coconut is one of the prime ingredients utilized in various cosmetic products
Top 10 facts about coconuts
Here are some fun facts about coconuts and coconut trees, you must know.
- Asia is one of the biggest producers of coconuts with Indonesia, India and the Philippines being the hub of production.
- Indonesia (1st), India(2nd), Philippines (3rd), Brazil(4th) and Sri Lanka(5th) are the top exporters of coconuts.
- Most coconuts are produced on mini-farms and ranches.
- Coconuts are found in 80 different countries and are available in 150 different species.
- Apart from being food, coconuts are used in the production of home decor items, wooden items and as fuel.
- Coconut belongs to the Drupe family. Some other drupes are almonds, olives, cherries and plums.
- Dwarfism is common in a coconut trees. Dwarf trees are between 20 feet to 60 feet in height.
- Coconut trees develop female and male flowers and can be distinguished by size. Female flowers are bigger in size.
- Coconut trees take a year for the fruit to become completely ripe.
- An average coconut tree produces 30 fruits each year, but a tree can produce up to 75 coconuts yearly under optimal weather conditions.
Happy World Coconut Day!!