The coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm tree. The husk of the coconut is there so that the inner seed, or nut, will be cushioned when it falls to the ground. This nut is about 8 to 20 centimeters long. Just inside the hard, dark shell is a layer of dense, white meat. The center of the coconut is filled with a watery liquid which is called “coconut milk”.
If you have ever seen a coconut, you have noticed it has three “eyes”, which are really undeveloped buds. When a coconut is planted in the ground in its husk, a new sprout pushes through one of the eyes. And if a new palm begins to grow it takes about eight years before it bears any fruit.
A mature coconut palm Bowers throughout the year and almost always has a few ripe nuts. It may take a nut a year or more to mature, depending on the place and the kind it is. A palm produces an average of 50 nuts a year.
The coconut palm grows from 6 to 27 metres high and has a tuft of long, feathery leaves at the top. A leaf may be 3 to 6 metres long. Coco- nuts can be grown at elevations as high as 900 metres above sea level, but they are usually planted at lower elevations.
An unusual thing about this tree is that it can live in salt water, but it does not require salt water. The palm grows near the sea because its shallow roots can find moisture there.
The husk of the coconut is not harmed by saltwater either. This means that if a coconut falls into the sea it can be carried a long way and take root on some far-away beach.
Is Coconut A Fruit Or Vegetable?
Answer. Botanically speaking, a coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe, also known as a dry drupe. However, when using loose definitions, the coconut can be all three: a fruit, a nut, and a seed. Botanists love classification.