Last Updated on August 5, 2021 by Neil Mackengie
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 meters high and has a tuft of long, feathery leaves at the top. A leaf is maybe 3 to 6 meters long. Coconuts can be grown at elevations as high as 900 meters above sea level, but they are usually planted at lower elevations.
An unusual thing about this tree is that it can live in saltwater, but it does not require saltwater. 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.
Although coconuts grow in the ground, they don’t grow in the ground as quickly as you might think. The coconut fruit will start growing in about 3 months and is usually harvested in about 6 months. This is how you can make a coconut grow in the ground in about 6 months.
Salt is a key ingredient in coconut trees. These trees are about 80 years old and are living proof that coconut trees can survive for over 80 years if they are properly watered. Their age is mostly due to the fact that they have been given saltwater regularly. This is because salt is a critical element in the health of the coconut trees, so when they were planted they were provided with a solution of saltwater, which they have been drinking ever since.
Have you seen coconut trees growing in hills? You would see them growing in the highlands in some countries like India. But they do not grow in hills in South America. They grow on the forest floor or in low land. The other reason why they do not grow in hills is that they are evergreen trees. They are not tropical trees. We can grow coconut plant in hills if we donate the coconut seeds that is in the coconut fruit to the garden.