Celebrate All Things Coconutsy on World Coconut Day
World Coconut Day is celebrated on the 2nd of September, every year.
The coconut has become popular all over the world as it is harvested for its fruit, coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut oil and can be used to create products from the coconut shell.
Coconut cultivation offers a great source of employment for rural villagers in many South East Asian communities which contributes to a better standard of life for thousands of people.
Most coconuts are reclaimed from the agriculture industry that treat coconut shells as a by product after they have extracted the flesh, water, oil and husk.
We play a small but important link for farmers and craftspeople to repurpose and create products from coconut shells that would otherwise go to waste.
Coconut uses and benefits don’t end with only its contents. Coconut shells make great jewellery, containers, cutlery coconut bowls, coconut cups and coconut candles. The fibre itself is excellent for gardening purposes since it has high water retention which makes a great potting mix and is resist to pests and the leaves from coconut trees can be handcrafted into brooms, baskets, fans and mats.
If you’d like some tips on celebrating the day in style, or if we’re preaching to the already coconut converted, here’s a few coconut inspired tips to live a healthier life.
Coconut helps boost immunity
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, a lot of focus has been laid on immunity boosting. Coconut is rich in antioxidants and eating coconut and drinking its water can boost immunity and fight diseases.
Coconut for diabetes
Coconut can also be used to manage blood sugar levels for diabetics. Coconut is low in calories, high in fat and fibre, which helps to slow down the release of sugar into the blood, and helps in better management of blood sugar for diabetes patients.
Coconut oil for hair
Coconut oil is widely used as hair oil. Coconut oil can help tackle hair problems such as dry and rough hair leaving it soft and luxurious.
Coconut oil for your skin
From mosquito bites to wounds, coconut oil is one of the best ways to heal your skin from scratches, scabs, scars, and wounds.
Coconut tastes amazing
Coconut products add a scrumptious creaminess to any drink or dish. A smoothie takes on a tropical flair, while even the simplest curry gets depth from coconut milk. The distinct taste of coconut can be used as an ingredient in many foods including smoothies and wholefood bowls both sweet and savoury.
Coconuts are nutritious
Coconuts are high in iron, magnesium, fibre and protein. Coconut water provides potassium and sodium. Coconut products play prominent roles in gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan diets.
Coconutsy coconut bowls are sourced from Bali and Vietnam, two destinations known for incredible fresh coconuts with plentiful harvests thanks to the tropical climate. In destinations such as Bali you can see the coconut being utilised in so many ways and the popularity of coconut bowls is evident in many cafes and restaurants.
It’s a lot of fun to crack into a real coconut, and no, you don’t need a machete. There are a number of methods, so check out some YouTube videos.