9 amazing facts about coconuts
Coconuts are delicious reminders of tropical sunshine and vacations. But this amazing fruit is much more than just the key ingredient in your Pina Colada...
Coconuts are interesting plants with a variety of uses and a rich history. Let’s explore nine amazing facts about them!
#1 The word coconut comes from the Portuguese word “coco” which means head or skull
The fruit got its name because of the face-like image formed by the three holes on its shell.
#2 The Japanese used coconut grenades in World War II
They would put actual grenades or explosive material inside the coconuts and hurl them into enemy lines.
#3 Coconuts have important medical properties
They can be used as antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic agents in their various forms.
#4 The coconut palm is the national tree of the Maldives
#5 A single tree can yield as many as 180 coconuts in one single harvest
#6 Coconut trees can grow up to 90 feet or 27 meters
However, there are also dwarf trees that only grow as tall as 20 feet or 6 meters. The scientific name for the coconut tree is Cocus Nucifera.
#7 The biggest exporters of coconuts in the world are India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
#8 f you burn the husk of a coconut, you can use the burnt byproduct to repel mosquitos
#9 There is currently research underway to determine whether coconut husks can be used as a building material in the Philippines
This would be a revolutionary low-cost solution for the area.
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