Coconut, the fruit from the coconut palm tree is widely grown throughout the tropics. The palm trees grow to 30 m and require a continuous frost-free warm climate, plenty of rain and sunlight. India, Indonesia and the Philippines are the largest producers. An adult palm tree will produce coconut fruits every month throughout the year. Young immature coconuts are harvested for coconut water, a nutritious drink, and mature fruits for the white ‘meat’ and oil. A wide range of coconut products are internationally traded .In addition to their high nutritional value, coconut products also have various medicinal properties.
Organization: Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC), Jakarta, Indonesia
Author: P.G.Punchihewa and R.N. Arancon
Technical Editor: Danilo Mejía, FAO
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