Coconut The fruit of a tropical tree and ranks among the 10 most
useful tree species to mankind. The fruits are eaten
raw, or prepared into candies and pastries. When immature the soft,
jelly-like flesh can be eaten with a spoon. The watery liquids of
the green coconuts and the milky juice of the mature ones are pure,
nutritious, cool and refreshing drinks.
Under the name copra, the dried white part of the ripe fruit is marketed
in large quantities to the manufacturers of soap and oil. The
coconut oil is used in the manufacturing of frying oils and some
margarines. Sizes and weights vary a good deal.
Baby coconuts are called coquitos are
cultivated from the Chilean palm. They are sold with out their husk and
have a smooth, dark brown brown shell and are the size of an acorn.
Market Forms Whole coconuts. Coconut
meat is packaged flaked, grated and shredded in cans or packages. It is
also available moist and canned. Coconut comes sweetened and unsweetened.
Serve Raw as an appetizer, topping or
garnish. Toasted coconut chips can be used as snacks.
Condiments and Complimentary Flavors
Chocolate, chutney, fruits, oranges.
Nutrition 3 1/2 oz. coconut meat =
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