The Pacific Islanders believe that coconut’s are a cure for all illness and the palm tree they grow from is known as The Tree of Life.
They’re antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, meaning they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. We think a fresh drinking coconut is the best way to stay hydrated in summer, full of potassium, calcium and chloride to give you the same boost as an energy drink without all the sugar and chemicals!
But is it a fruit, or a nut, or a seed? Well a coconut is actually a fibrous one-seeded drupe, also known as a dry drupe! A drupe is a fruit with a hard stony covering enclosing the seed (like a peach or olive) and comes from the word drupa meaning overripe olive.
From the flesh, scooped out of a drinking coconut, to the toasted flakes we use in our salads, to coconut oil to cook with and coconut water in our smoothies, this little ‘drupe’ is one hell of a hard working friend!