Coconut is Not Just a FRUIT!

Everyone is talking about the benefits of the coconut inside and out.  From the benefits of coconut water as it compares to sports drink, to the benefits of coconut oil for the skin, hair and internal healing.  However, the coconut is so much more complex that that.

Lets think about the coconut for a minute: when the outer shell is green, it is said that the water is just right for that cool refreshing drink and the “jelly” is perfect for eating; as it starts to turn from green to brown, the jelly then forms into a hardened white substance, perfect for making coconut milk, coconut flakes and coconut oil.  But what happens the “three-eyed” shell that keeps all of the goodness in?

The coconut shell is the strongest part covered in coconut fruit. The coconut shell is located in between the coconut flesh and coconut husk. This shell is naturally created to protect the inner part of coconut. This shell is used to produce various handicraft items and other applications. Most of handmade decorative are created by using coconut shell due to their strength.

As a coconut lover, I have always been fascinated with he metamorphosis of the coconut.  What other fruit, nut, or Earth’s Edible food can have so many uses…including clothing!

Want not Waste Not, Right?!?

The Coconut shell is as complex as the fruit itself.  Lets take look:

Coconut Shell Bowl:

The Coconut bowl has many uses.  It can be filled with wax and be part of the relaxing experience of a spa, or a romantic bubble bath for two.  Put some coconut ice cream it for a tropical feeling. I use my coconut bowls to serve salad.  I have seen the bowls used as a decorative piece, with intricate designs.

If you are environmentally conscious and a coconut enthusiast like me, here is a DIY to make your own coconut bowl:

DIY Coconut Bowls

Supplies:

Coconuts, hammer, sandpaper, screw driver, knife, spoon, sealer or decoupage glue. This is a good glue too.

Directions:

1. Use a screw driver and a hammer on the bottom of the coconut. Hit the screw driver several times with the hammer until you feel and hear a hollow sound. We made 3 holes in each.

2. Shake the coconut over a bowl to get all of the water out. Strain the water so you can drink it! Yum.

3. Using a hammer, pound in the center of the coconut, all the way around. This will create a line and eventually the coconut will break! You will have to go around a few times for the coconut to break.

4. When the coconut breaks in half, you can scrape some of the meat out. After we got some of the meat out, we microwaved the coconuts to soften the rest of the meat. Then using a spoon and knife we lifted it out in larger chunks. It does take some time, but it’s worth it!

5. Using very course sandpaper, sand the inside and all of the outside until completely smooth!

6. Seal the coconuts with decoupage; or food safe sealer if you’re going to use them to serve food.

One coconut makes one bowl 

Clothing:

The Hawaiians are very serious about preservation of their natural resources and recycling. They use the outer shell of the coconut as bras.  I am not sure how comfortable that is, but, it is cultural, albeit some will argue the contrary.  Maybe I will address that in another post…

Or how about buttons for your shirt or skirt?

Drinking:

Tea Anyone?

What other fruit can do this? The coconut has so many uses, I could write forever.  There is so much more to say, but the complexity of the coconut makes it challenging.  Is there any thing “bad” about the Coconut?

You have just been “Kissed” by Nature.

D.M

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