Coconuts are exotic, edible fruits produced in coconut trees. The coconut tree is a kind of palm tree with a single straight trunk and has been used for many purposes since prehistoric times. Every part has a use, including the fruits, wood, and leaves. Because of this, the trees are widely cultivated in many places in South India for both commercial and home use.
This article will detail a handful of uses for these wonderful trees.
1. The Flesh: Food, Milk, and Flour
This is the first use most people think of. You can eat the fruit of a coconut tree, and this is the plant's most common use. Coconuts can be eaten either raw or cooked, and they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidants.
Before you can eat a coconut, the white flesh of the fruit needs to be separated from the outer hard shell. To do this, you may use a coconut scraper to grate the fruit or a coconut meat removal knife to separate the flesh after opening the shell. The freshly grated coconuts can be easily added to your recipes, or you can store it in the refrigerator for a few days.
Coconut milk is also very popular. It is widely used in many Asian cuisines, especially in South India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. It is usually used to thicken soups and stews, and you can also use it as a substitute for milk if you have a milk allergy. To make coconut milk, you can either squeeze grated coconuts in water with your hands (this produces a milder version), or you can stick them in a blender with a little water (this produces a thicker version).
Additionally, coconut milk is an excellent hair conditioner. You can apply the coconut milk to your hair and scalp and rinse after a few minutes. This will make your hair soft and shiny and improves the health of hair by reducing hair fall. Coconut milk is also an ideal ingredient to be added in homemade face masks in place of water.
The fruits can also be turned into coconut flour, which is available in markets nowadays. The flour is often used as a gluten-free substitute.
2. The Water: A Healthy, Refreshing Drink
Coconut water is different from coconut milk. When you break the hard shell to open the fruit, it has a mildly sweet water inside that is known for its extreme health benefits. This wonderful natural drink is very popular during the summer season.
The water from young, tender coconuts is sweeter and has the best flavor.
3. The Oil: For Cooking, Skin, and Hair
Coconut oil is quite popular nowadays due to its unique, attractive flavor. It is even used as a replacement for butter in many recipes. This oil has a higher saturated fat content than oils such as olive or canola, so its impact on health is a controversial subject. The Lauric acid in coconut oil is believed to be excellent for health, however, due to the fact that it boosts immunity and can protect against several illnesses.
Coconut oil is not just for cooking though. It is a great conditioner for hair too. The use of coconut oil in hair can make dry hair soft and silky. In many parts of the world, it is very common to massage young babies with coconut oil, since it is believed to be healthy for the skin of babies.
4. The Shells: To Steam Food and Craft With
The hard shell of the fruit is useful too. It is traditionally used in homes to steam food. The shells are also a popular craft material. Many beautiful craft items are made out of coconut shells. You can easily color the shells and carve them into beautiful art pieces. Children use them for playing as well.
5. The Husks: A Natural Scrubber and Craft Material
There are a number of uses for the coconut husk. They can be used as natural scrubbers to clean dinner plates, cups, other vessels, and even the floor.
Coconut husks are also used as a craft material to create many beautiful things. For example, you can color it and use it as hair for dolls.
6. The Husks: Ropes
This is one of the major uses of coconuts, at least for the many people who make a living with it. People in many rural areas make their living from making ropes out of coconut husk, and it is a profitable business. This is actually a difficult task and requires immense manual labor, however. People work in large groups in coir factories to make ropes and mats from the husks of coconuts.
7. Tree Leaves: Thatching
The leaves of the coconut palms are very large and beautiful. I love how they look, and they are great subjects for photography.
People have used these leaves to make fences as well as roofs for their small huts, and in many places, people still use them for thatching. They are cost effective and provide shelter for many people who cannot afford the cost of other materials.
Sometimes they are used not only for making the roofs, but to make the walls of houses as well. Making houses from the palm leaves may not be the best option—as they can't survive extreme weather conditions and there are safety concerns—but in many places, people still rely on this tree to create shelter.
And coconut leaves aren't only helpful for humans. Did you know that coconut leaves are one of the favorite foods of elephants?
8. The Sticks: Brooms
Coconut leaves have thick sticks that can be used to make brooms for your home! It is really easy to assemble the sticks together and tie them with a thread to make the broom. People make coconut brooms for both domestic and commercial use.
9. The Wood: Fires in Traditional Kitchens
Coconut husks, shells, leaves, leaf stems, and flower stems are used for fires in traditional kitchens. In places with many coconut trees, finding the wood for fire is an easy and inexpensive task.
10. The Flowers: Medicine
Coconut flowers have many medicinal uses. They are an ingredient in many traditional remedies, especially medicines for new mothers.
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In the Philippines, among the so many trees, the coconut trees have so many uses from its leaves which are used packaging for hanging rice, the sticks of leaves are made into broomstick, its coconut shells are polished inside and out and used as packaging for Kalamay, and the husks are used as scrubbing tools especially for wooden floors, and the coconut trunk as durable building materials for house and for furniture, and the coconut wine which are favorite beverages among people in the countryside.
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After the coconuts have fallen from the tree the part that acted as a navel attachment, is on the branchlet . There are many of these on woody branchlet. I find them when they have fallen from the tree and dried. The "navel" looks like a flower with a round center surrounded by petals. It is woody/stiff in texture and dry. I cut these from the branch they are attached to, at their base, so they have a "stem". I then paint them to look like fowers and arrange them in a vase. The stems that do not have "flowers" still are useable just as interesting sticks in an arrangement. The main stalk/branch that the off shoots are cut off of also is interesting to use in an arrangement. I have painted those to look like a stalk of flower buds.
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The stalk that holds the coconuts in a bunch can be used as a toothbrush. Cut it off the coconut, pound it to separate it and make it into a brush. The liquid hardens the gym preventing soft guns. After brushing chew on mint leaves to freshen your breath.
Disha Guchait on September 03, 2017:
The Roots- Coconut Roots can be use for beverage, dye stuff, and medicine purposes.
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Coconut palms would have to be amongst the most versatile plants, if not the outright winner.
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Denin on May 13, 2016:
another use is the toddy made out of coconut flower, very good alcoholic beverage produced from the sap.
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It is a valuable source of income as its plantation and growth does not need too much of care or watering.
It is also used in religious rituals and worships and considered as a holy and sacred in nature.
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FlourishAnyway from USA on August 05, 2015:
This was a useful and beautiful hub, VioletteRose. I have recently become a fan of coconut oil and its versatility.
VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on July 05, 2015:
Thanks, I am so glad that you found this useful for your project!
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VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on June 24, 2015:
Thank you so much for reading and commenting Swisstoons! I know about oil pulling using sesame oil, but didn't know about the use of coconut oil for the same. Thanks so much for mentioning that.
Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on March 31, 2015:
One use for coconut oil not covered here is the Ayurvedic practice of "oil pulling." Oil pulling involves swishing a teaspoonful of coconut oil around in the mouth for about 2o minutes each day and then spitting it out. The oil pulls toxins not only from the tissues of the mouth, but from the entire body. If you have sore gums, you will notice the positive effect almost immediately. But a couple words of warning might be in order. As toxins are removed via the oral tissues, you might experience a "healing crisis" of sorts; some slight nausea or wooziness. Also (and this is important to bear in mind), among the toxins being leeched out is mercury...as in mercury fillings. It is not uncommon for amalgam fillings to fall out after a period of daily oil pulling! I know this from personal experience! Still, if you want your kids to grow up with strong healthy teeth and gums, get them started with oil pulling early in life.
VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on February 05, 2015:
Hi XrayEcho, thanks for reading. Actually I have never heard about the use of coconut leaves in food, other than the use of the leaves to wrap rice in certain recipes. However, it is common to use coconut leaves as the food for elephants. So it must be edible, but I do not think it is common to use the leaves as food for humans. If I can ever find anymore information on this, I will add it here. Thanks again!
XrayEcho on February 05, 2015:
Are coconut leaves edible? I'm trying to plan for all posibilities should we experience an economic collapse. I fortunately live in an area where coconut trees are in abundance but coconuts are not always present. Your thoughts please.
VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on January 28, 2015:
Thank you all for reading!
culinarycaveman from Dem Woods, Sussex, England on January 22, 2015:
I eat so many coconut products, love them and this hub.
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VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on August 25, 2014:
Hi CherylsArt, You are right. Coconut oil is actually more popularly used for hair care, but coconut milk is an excellent natural hair conditioner which can also help reduce hair fall. Thanks so much for reading :)
VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on August 25, 2014:
Hi favoured, thanks so much for reading :) Making ropes from the husk is one of the important uses of coconut tree!
CherylsArt on August 23, 2014:
Thanks for sharing these tips. I had just read the other day about using cold pressed coconut oil on one's hair. I hadn't heard about using coconut milk for the same reason. Thanks.
Fay Favored from USA on August 21, 2014:
Haven't really thought about all the uses for these trees, but making ropes wouldn't have been one I imagined.
VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on August 16, 2014:
Thanks Susan! I agree, coconut oil is great for skin care. Coming from the land of coconuts, it is something I use almost daily one or in another way. In fact, every home in my hometown has at least one coconut tree in the garden.
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on August 16, 2014:
It's so good to learn more about the coconut tree. I use coconut oil some for cooking, but I've especially found it valuable for skin care. I feel so much more comfortable using coconut oil as a moisturizer than I do using something from a jar (expensive, too) full of chemicals. Great information here. Thanks!
VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on May 08, 2014:
Thank you so much :)
Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 05, 2014:
Wonderful article as to all the many uses of coconut! Love your photos. Excellent and useful hub here. Up and more and away. Blessings
VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on April 08, 2014:
I agree they are so pretty, I hope you get coconuts from it sometime soon! Thanks for commenting :)
Janis from California on April 08, 2014:
We actually have a small coconut tree. We don't get any friut, but it's pretty to look at.
VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on April 07, 2014:
Thank you so much for the comments!
Precy anza, coconut brooms are wonderful, we too used to make that in my parents home:)
CraftytotheCore, I love using images in the hubs, I am glad you like them :)
CraftytotheCore on April 04, 2014:
What an interesting article! I never realized coconut husk was used in rope. I love how you display the facts with such colorful photos.
precy anza from USA on April 03, 2014:
I love these fruit! :) we call the green ones buko, I love the coconut meat. And my grandmother and mom would make broomsticks from the coconut leaves. Up and FB share! :)
VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on April 03, 2014:
Thank you so much AliciaC and DDE :)
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 02, 2014:
Coconut trees are so beautiful and the many uses have surprised me. Lovely photos and so interesting to have learned so much more about the uses of coconut trees.