How to Use Coconut as Food

Coconut is widely found in tropical areas of the world, as it prefers warm and humid climate to grow. In many of the tropical countries, coconuts have been used as a staple food for thousands of years.

Cocos nucifera or coconut is widely found in tropical areas of the world, as it prefers warm and humid climate to grow. In many of the tropical countries, coconuts have been used as a staple food for thousands of years. People in the tropics believe that one can solely depend on coconuts as food and still survive, as it has all the essential nutrients required by the human body. A favorite in many Asian countries, coconut has been used in the preparation of variety of dishes. People have mastered the different ways in which this nutrient rich food can be used in culinary arts.

The water, meat, milk and oil obtained from the coconut are used as food. Tender coconut water is a thirst-quenching, nutritious drink that Mother Nature has provided for the people living in the tropics. The delightful and refreshing taste of the coconut water is one quality of coconuts that people all over the world rejoice. Many are also attracted to tender coconut water as it is very beneficial for the body. Tender coconut water is rich in vital nutrients and it has electrolytes in the right amounts to bring about an isotonic balance to the body.

The meat or flesh of the coconut, called kernel, which is found lining inside the coconut, can be used as food in a few ways. The young meat is jelly-like and very soft. It can be drunk along with the coconut water. In mature coconuts, the meat is hard and deliciously sweet. Dried tuna or boiled taro eaten with coconut kernel makes a great snack.

The mature coconut kernel is mostly used in cooking. Grated coconut kernel is used to prepare a wide range of dishes. Mixed with water, thick coconut milk can be obtained from the grated coconut. Curries, porridges, pies, cakes and many more are prepared using coconut milk. Coconut milk added while cooking rice improves its taste.

Coconut oil is an edible vegetable oil obtained from coconut kernel. It is considered one of the healthiest oils on earth. Consuming this oil, which is dominated by medium-chained fatty acids, is proven to promote better heart health as it is responsible for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Coconut oil is used to make sauces and prepare salad dressings. It can also be used for frying purposes. Butter made from coconut oil can be eaten with bread.

People may not be aware of the fact that coconuts grow into new palms from the ones that have fallen off from the parent palm and been sitting on damp ground for a while. As palm starts to grow, the liquid inside the coconut and part of the coconut meat solidifies producing a fruit-like formation. This fruit-like formation, which has a yellow outer covering, is sweet to the taste, soft, delicately flavored and melts in the mouth.

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  1. wow a beautifully presented article on the coconut. The fruit is amazing, not only for it’s taste and nutrients but also for it’s many other uses. In Goa, where coconut trees are found in abundance they say it is one plant whose every part has several uses and more. great read

  2. Coconut is very useful food. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  3. nice and well detailed article.thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh thankx honey:)

  5. A nicely presented information.

  6. Very well researched and written article. I use coconut in several dishes, not just desserts or as a snack but in vegetable dishes as well. It is yummy. Good article.

  7. Great article – wonderful images. I do so LOVE cocunut in any shape or form. I love a Thai green curry made with coconut milk. Yum!

  8. There are so many coconut food recipes in my country

  9. Coconut is a wonderful fruit. It can be used in many ways.

  10. True coconut is so cheap but so useful and beneficial to everyone.Thanks for being a fan :)

  11. nice sharing

  12. Yeah, In-fact coconut chocolate is my favourite and in Sri Lanka it is used extensively in a variety of dishes. Nice Article :P

  13. I forgot to add that, after reading this article I was so interested that I went to wikipedia to check it out :P

  14. This is perfect very useful fruit many advantage we can take from coconut. Thanks for the tips.

  15. good work.

  16. interesting.,^^

  17. Lovely, informative, Thanks for sharing.

  18. nice article

  19. Interesting and well written :)

  20. Very cool Thanks

  21. coconut is enjoyable! love it

  22. Coconut is great, just make sure no-one is allergic to it first.

  23. Good share. Thank you.

  24. love it! and the photos too.

  25. I love coconuts! Nice share!

  26. I love coconuts! Nice share!

  27. I love coconuts! Nice share!

  28. Nice share!

  29. Thank you all for taking sometime to read and comment on my article.

  30. 2nd visit, coconut is really good

  31. Thank you Eunike

  32. Thank you, i’ll try coconut milk

  33. My favorite is coconut cake.

  34. I love anything coconut. I have an 1866 recipe (great great grandma’s) for candy that I must post. Am dying to give it a try.

  35. wow safa this article of yours is doing very well! excellent. happy for you

  36. Great Article Safa

  37. In countries like India,Coconut is a must for great occasions, festivals. Coconut chutney(made by grinding raw coconut flesh,chillies and topping with mustard seeds) is a favourite in south Indian homes. Similarly coconut milk(obtained from mature nuts) is used in sweet desserts. Tender coconuts are ideal as nutritious drink and I enjoy the taste.

  38. nice article , Safa

  39. Safa,I love you for this….actually my husband has rediscovered the benefits of coconut now after having abandoned for almost 5 years.Coconut helps in weight loss is what made him wake up.Thanks for sharing this article…

  40. Loved reading your post. In India coconut is used a lot in cooking, more so in coastal regions.

  41. back here to say again this article is tops!

  42. I not a big fan of coconut myself, but I must try this.

  43. Good work. Thanks for sharing!

  44. cheers here too

  45. Wonderful work. Came in here via RedGage. See? RG does work!!

  46. I really love coconut jam:) nice article..

  47. again here

  48. Very cool Thanks

  49. Coconut tree and fruit are very useful for our way of living.

  50. nice tips

  51. see your post make me want to drinks them :D
    nice info…

  52. Thanks. Very interesting article. I love the smell of cocunut. Even cocoa butter creams smell gorgeous.

  53. Oh, I love coconuts!

  54. hey i like your style of presentation! the pics and words you use lend your articles a special touch..

  55. I love drinking from coconut as the 3rd image shown.

  56. Cool info

  57. well presented article. well done :)

  58. I like it yummy info

  59. The fact on the last paragraph indeed very interesting. I never noticed that ^_^

  60. I’ve seen all of your articles. it is full knowledge :)

  61. Cold pressed, virgin coconut oil is among the best oils on planet earth, offering a lot of benefits to the body, skin and hair. Informative Article!

  62. Nice, I like coconut water.

  63. Interesting and the last paragraph was amazing to read. The way they grow back. Nice share.

  64. Liked it!

  65. back again here!

  66. Informative post.

  67. i like it

  68. Great article. I had know idea they were this important and useful.

    Keep it up.


  69. I’m from Kerala, India. Kerala means “the land of coconut”. You’ve made me proud… thank you very much. I just loved reading it… awesome article..

  70. Great information :D

  71. Oh I love coconut and enjoy using it in various recipes and foods. The milk is delicious as well…

  72. Thanks for making such a killer article . I arrive on here all the time and am floored with the fresh information here! You are great! Very nice article. Congrats, to you *

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