Uses of the Coconut

The most versatile 'tree' in the world
  • you can make lumber out of the trunks of old mature trees
  • the fronds provide thatching materials for roofs and matting for floors or walls and for sunshades
  • the dried fibers of the nut can be shredded as stuffing for pillows and mattresses
  • You can weave the fronds to make nice hats to shade the sun from your face
  • Click here for how to climb coconut palms'.
  • the 'wrapper' of the palm can be used for toilet paper
  • The center veins of the frond pinnae can be bunched together to make a very good whisk broom or used individually as a toothpick
  • the heart of the small coconut palm tastes as good as any heart of palm that you can eat
  • the dried husk of the coconut makes the best cooking fire for BBQ's or just plain campfire cooking
  • the dried shell of the coconut can be made into many forms of bowls/cups or storage containers
  • the water can be drunk/cooked with or mixed with rum for cocktail hour
  • the meat can be rendered to make a very fine oil that can provide lighting at night or cooking oil or as a skin lotion.
  • the meat of either the green or ripe or sprouted coconut can be eaten raw as high energy snack food
  • the smoke of the burning husk is a natural mosquito repellent

So: if you ever get stranded on a deserted island hope that it is one that has lots of coconut trees!

This summary was written by Chris Berlin. For OTC treatments or for help with anything to do with coconut palms contact:
Chris Berlin
Fax: 011-501-226 3379

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