This trip has made me realised how much coconut is used in Vietnam (Asia). The juice is great to drink fresh, or in cooking with meat. The milk is amazing in deserts, and the skin dried up is a great fire starter! My grandma has a pile stacked in the back yard, and uses them daily to make fire for her cooking. I have used it daily to heat up my bath water too for the past 2 weeks!!
The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which, botanically, is a drupe, not a nut. The spelling coconut is an archaic form of the word. The term is derived from 16th century Portuguese and Spanish cocos, meaning “grinning face”, from the three small holes on the coconut shell that resemble human facial features.
Found throughout the tropic and sub-tropic area, the coconut is known for its great versatility as seen in the many domestic, commercial, and industrial uses of its different parts. Coconuts are part of the daily diet of many people. Coconuts are different from any other fruits because they contain a large quantity of “water” and when immature they are known as tender-nuts or jelly-nuts and may be harvested for drinking. When mature they still contain some water and can be used as seed-nuts or processed to give oil from the kernel, charcoal from the hard shell and coir from the fibrous husk.