The world celebrates Coconut Day on 2nd September. The coconut plant is one of nature’s most versatile products. Coconut has so many wonderful uses: making curries with coconut milk and cream of coconut, drinking coconut water or milk, using coconut oil for cooking, coconut butter for breakfast, making it an alcoholic drink (pia colada) , tropical smoothies, adding coconut milk or oil to your morning coffee, skin care and hair and body care and much more.

The first celebration of World Coconut Day took place in 2009.

What is coconut? Is it a fruit, nut or seed? Botanically speaking, coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe, also known as a dried drupe. However, a coconut can be all three: a fruit, a nut, and a seed. Store-bought coconut is not the same as the coconut that grows on a coconut palm. An untouched coconut has three layers. The outermost layer is called the exocarp. It is usually green in colour. The next layer is the fibrous husk, or mesocarp, which surrounds a layer of hard wood called the endocarp. Endocarp surrounds the seed.

Interesting facts about coconut

  • Coconut is called the “tree of life” because almost every coconut is used. It can produce drinks, food, fiber, fuel, utensils, oil, musical instruments, and much more.
  • It takes 11-12 months for a coconut to grow and be ready for consumption.
  • There are over 80 different varieties of coconut.
  • The earliest reference to the coconut is from Cosmas (Egyptian travellers), who described the coconut after traveling to Ceylon and India.
  • Marco Polo encountered coconuts on a trip to Sumatra and called them “Indian coconuts”.
  • During World War II and the Vietnam War, doctors were using coconut water

hydration when an intravenous solution was in short supply

Coconut

Consumption of coconut oil, milk, cream, coconut butter and water has many health benefits.

coconut oil

There are three types of different oils in coconut oil:

  • lauric acid
  • capric acid
  • caprylic acid

Lauric acid is quickly and easily absorbed and has lots of antiviral and antifungal properties. In addition, coconut oil contains linoleic acid, phenolic acid, oleic acid, myristic acid, vitamin E, vitamin K and iron.

nutrition fact:

One tablespoon (13.6 grams)

  • Calories: 117
  • Total Fat: 14 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 12 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 0 grams
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 0 grams

coconut oil health benefits

Coconut oil is made by pressing dried coconut meat to make milk and then the oil is extracted from the milk. It has a firmer texture at cold temperatures and becomes liquid at warmer temperatures. There is a lot of confusion about the health benefits of coconut oil because it is saturated fat. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming 30 grams of coconut oil daily for men and 20 grams of coconut oil for women. The AHA states that we don’t need to avoid saturated fats completely because they help support our immune function and reduce inflammation.

  • Boosting the immune system (antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral)1
  • Supports healthy brain function 4-5
  • Improves energy and stamina4
  • Supports healthy gums and teeth
  • Helps to balance blood sugar2
  • Can help with weight loss2
  • balancing hormones2
  • Helps maintain healthy hair and skin
  • May support healthy HDL levels3

When buying coconut oil, choose organic, unrefined and extra virgin when possible.

coconut milk

Contrary to its name, coconut milk contains no dairy. It is a liquid found inside mature coconuts. Coconut cream is full-fat coconut milk that is stored within the white, tough coconut “flesh”.

nutrition fact:

  • One cup (240 grams) of raw coconut milk contains:
  • 552 calories
  • 13.3 grams carbohydrates
  • 5.5 grams of protein
  • 57.2 grams fat
  • 5.3 grams fiber
  • 2.2-mg manganese
  • 0.6 mg copper
  • 240 mg phosphorus
  • 3.9 mg iron
  • 88.8 mg magnesium
  • 14.9 micrograms selenium
  • 631 mg potassium
  • 6.7 mg Vitamin C
  • 1.6 mg zinc
  • 38.4 mcg folate
  • 1.8 mg niacin
  • Apart from this, coconut milk contains vitamin K, thiamine, vitamin E, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid,
  • Choline and calcium.

coconut butter

Coconut butter comes from the flesh of the coconut. It has a nut-butter-like consistency. Coconut butter is considered a superfood. Coconut butter has the same health benefits as coconut oil and a few additions. It can help with weight loss, can also boost athletic performance, supports your immune system, and is high in fiber. Like coconut oil, coconut butter contains medium-chain fatty triglycerides, but it also contains some fiber.

nutrition fact:

A 33-gram serving of coconut butter contains the following:

  • 186 calories
  • 7 grams carbohydrates
  • 2 grams protein
  • 18 grams fat
  • 5 grams fiber
  • 0.9 mg iron
  • 0.6 mg Vitamin C
  • 10 mg calcium

Some fun activities you can do to celebrate World Coconut Day

Try a New Dish Using Coconut

There are many options. How About Trying a New Coconut Curry, Coconut Shrimp

Or a coconut dessert or a tropical smoothie?

Coconut Curry Recipe (30 Minutes)

material:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • cup cauliflower, chopped
  • chopped carrot
  • cup chopped capsicum
  • cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 pinch red pepper (for heat, optional)
  • 2x 14 oz cans coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • sea ​​salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup white or brown rice, cooked according to package directions.

Instructions:

  • Step 1: Wash and cook one cup of rice according to the directions on the package.
  • Step 2: Heat a large pot on medium heat and add coconut oil to it. Add onion, garlic, ginger,
  • Carrots, cauliflower, bell pepper, and mushrooms, and stir. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened.
  • Step 3: Add Curry Powder, Red Chillies, Veggie Stock and Coconut Milk. bring to a boil, then reduce
  • Heat and keep cooking for 10-15 minutes.
  • Step 4: Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Step 5: Serve Over Rice. Garnish with some cilantro or basil.
  • Note: It can also be cooked with some chicken, shrimp, or scallops.

organize a party

Have a fun party with your friends and family and crack some coconuts. Mix up some fun new drinks using coconut.

Plan a Fun Tropical Getaway and Try Some Coconuts

If you can, plan a fun trip to a nearby tropical getaway and enjoy World Coconut Day with coconuts.

So, how are you going to celebrate this Coconut Day? Tell us in the comments below!

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