Over countless years many nations have sought the benefits of the coconut tree. From providing nourishment to basic shelter and crafts, the uses can be countless. Some of the oldest record uses of the coconut tree dates back to the first century B.C. Native to the tropics, this tree requires warm humid weather, with the added bonus of having a high salinity tolerance.
Food! One of the primary staples of life. The coconut tree provides a nutritious treat for all to enjoy. The white meat of the coconut provides many health benefits. These include boosting heart health and fat loss. Coconut water has become a trend over the last few years. Hydrating, low in calories, and naturally free of fat, coconut water is a drink to be sought after. Finally, we have coconut oil. Both useful in cooking and health products, the industry has taken a liking to the product for its versatile uses.
Even the waste of the coconut tree has many uses. The coconut shells, once the meat is removed, can be fashioned into many useful things. The most obvious of these crafts would be a simple coconut bowl or planter. No need to use plastic when nature provides an excellent product of its own. Many South East Asian countries have deep tradition with creating artistic works of art with such a simple thing. Even the coconut husk has its uses. From rope to mats, and even its own type of planter, the fibers of the husk can be created into valuable assets for gardening and storing goods.
The leaves of the coconut tree have more uses than one would imagine. Though the most common use of these would be for thatched roofs, they have artistic qualities to them as well. Due to the shape and characteristics of the leaf, they are excellent for making weaved goods. Baskets, decorations, and even mats can be created and enjoyed by all.
The wood of the coconut tree is rather unique. It’s very heavy compared to other woods, and requires a bit more of a delicate touch. But like many other woods out there, it is good for building, crafts, and cooking. With the growth rate of the coconut tree, this wood is in great abundance making it a good option for sustainability.
Stay tuned for next week’s article as we dive deeper into the uses of the coconut tree!