Coconut is the undisputed star of summer and tropical imagery. With its tasty white flesh covered with a thin dark brown layer, it’s actually just the seed of the Cocus Nucifera fruit.
Coconut comes from the tropical areas of the Indonesian Archipelago. It grows in clusters at the highest points of the coconut tree, which reaches an average height of 25 metres and can live for about 75 years.
The coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm, which belongs to the Arecaceae family. It is also known as the tree of life, since all its parts can be used: along with the pulp, it also provides water, milk, oil, the shell and the leaves.
The natives used coconut shells as bowls for eating and drinking. Sometimes they used them to carve masks, and this gave the nut the name “coco”. In fact, in Spanish “coco” means “ugly face”.