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Many historians believe that the coconut was first grown in Malaysia and Indonesia before spreading in all countries south of the equator. In India, coconut was known as kalpa vriksha, which means "the tree which provides all that is necessary for life.”
Today, coconut oil is widely used in lotions and cosmetics. An ancient tradition in India is to massage the scalp with coconut oil to help protect and strengthen hair, where as in Tahiti monoi is made by soaking Tiare flowers in coconut oil. Coconut oil is also a favourite of soap makers, as it has excellent foaming properties.
Add shredded coconut to smoothies, cakes, curries, energy bars or throw it in your fruit salads!
Need some more inspiration? Try these recipes:
Gluten-free banana coconut loaf with Kilimanjaro trail mix
Apple-coconut energy bar
Banana coconut pecan walnut muffins
Chewy choco coconut hemp squares
Coconut thumbpring cookies with three jams
Coconut macaroons with pistachios and dark chocolate
Coconut, maca and cacao fudge
Preserve in a cool, dry place protected from light and humidity for up to 6 months, or in the refrigerator for up to 12 months.
Hindus consider coconut as the purest offering to the gods because it contains pure water, untouched by man.