September 2 is observed as World Coconut Day. This year’s theme for “World Coconut Day” is “Growing coconut for a better future and life”.
This day highlights the significance of coconuts in our daily lives and how beneficial are they for health. Coconuts are some of the most popular and versatile fruits in the world.
In India, they are used before every auspicious occasion and their water is regarded as the best source of hydrating the body and providing essential nutrients. Since coconut water is low in calories, it is preferred by people aiming to lose weight.
The coconut tree is a symbol of “life” in many philosophies. It is referred to as the “tree of life” because of its versatile usage in food, cosmetics, medicines and others things. The event started on September 2, 2009, by the Asia Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) to raise awareness and the significance of coconuts and their impact on society.
Some facts about coconuts:
- Asia is one of the biggest producers of coconuts with Indonesia, India, and the Philippines being the hub of production.
- Indonesia (1st), India(2nd), Philippines (3rd), Brazil(4th), and Sri Lanka(5th) are the top exporters of coconuts.
- Most coconuts are produced on mini-farms and ranches.
- Coconuts are found in 80 different countries and are available in 150 different species.
- Apart from being food, coconuts are used in producing home decor items, wooden items, and as fuel.
- Coconut belongs to the Drupe family. Some other drupes are almonds, olives, cherries, and plums.
- Dwarfism is common in coconut trees. Dwarf trees are between 20 feet to 60 feet in height.
- Coconut trees develop female and male flowers and can be distinguished by size. Female flowers are bigger in size.
- Coconut trees take a year for the fruit to become completely ripe.
- An average coconut tree produces 30 fruits each year, but a tree can produce up to 75 coconuts yearly under optimal weather conditions.