Having a tropical climate, Florida is rich in palm plants and coconut. It has in fact become an indispensable part of Florida’s economy because of its varied uses in cosmetics, such as cooking oil and margarine etc. The immature fruit is of green color while on maturing it turns to brown and has very little water in it but has liberal amounts of meat. These plants have smooth grey trunks and long feathery fronds.
They also have a bit of curvature and are found in the more tropical region of South Florida. In Florida, the coconut palm tree is found in Abundance and starts bearing fruit from the age of 6 years to 8 years. It can live up to 60 years and generates 15 coconuts each month on average. In the early stages of growth, the coconut has a very high amount of water which can be consumed directly as a refreshing drink
The Coconut was not native to Florida. But it has a history of its own. This history is intertwined with the larger and complex history of humankind which has its intersections with Migration, colonization and trade. However, it is difficult to trace the history of the Coconut tree based on archaeological sources alone.
In an experiment done based on the DNA samples of 1322 coconuts from around the world to check their relatedness, it was found that most of the coconuts descended from two genetic lines. One of these was from India and the other was from Southeast Asia
To come to the history of Coconuts specifically in Florida, the Spanish Brig Providencia en route from Cuba to Spain was shipwrecked on the shores of Florida on January 8th in 1878. The settlers at Florida saw this as an opportunity and planted the 20,000 coconuts which were found in the wreck. That was how the coconut had reached Florida.
Is Florida Coconut edible?
The Florida coconut is perfectly edible and is used in the preparations of a lot of food. However, only young coconut is edible and the coconut water requires exercising caution in consumption. Each coconut comes with a warning on how to use its water. The water in a brown coconut should be discarded while it is fit for consumption in a white coconut.
Health benefits of Florida Coconut.
Coconuts have a lot of health benefits too. It is rich in fibre and MCTs. This provides improved heart health. It helps in losing weight and increases metabolism. Some other health benefits include regulating blood sugar and its rich in antioxidants. Apart from this it is also easy to include in the daily diet and helps with digestion.
However, it is rich in calories and saturated fat. So an unchecked excessive consumption may lead to increased cholesterol issues amongst many such other problems. Therefore, consuming coconuts could be very beneficial for health, albeit it should not be consumed too much.
Opening a Florida coconut with safety.
Being a tropical place, Florida is very rich in coconuts. Coconuts have in fact emerged as an indispensable part of the local food. In such a case safety becomes of importance to avoid any unwanted accidents to happen which may result in hurt and harm when the intent had only been to open the coconut.
Hitting the coconut on the pavement until it breaks may be a hundred percent effective way of opening a coconut, but it doesn’t give you much to eat and hitting on pavement would also mean spilling the water and thus wasting it. In such a case a knife, screwdriver or other such tools can come in handy. However, these also need to be used carefully as the smallest bit of carelessness can result in a good amount of damage.
Florida has a tropical climate because of which coconuts can be found there in abundance. These coconuts have become an indispensable part of local food. These are very essential and integral to the economy as well. This is because of their multiple uses in cosmetics, as cooking oil, in the soap industry and in margarine etc.
The coconut palm tree has a tall grey trunk with feathery fronds with a curvature. It starts producing coconuts from about 6years to 8years of age and lives up to 60 years producing an average of 15 coconuts a month.
Coconut has many health benefits. It helps with improving heart health. It regulates blood sugar levels. It has a very high nutritious value and contains fibre MCTs and antioxidants. It helps with losing weight and increasing metabolism. However, it contains unsaturated fats and calories too and should be consumed in check.
The best coconut to consume is a young coconut. However, it is the water with which caution should be exercised. Every coconut comes with a warning on what to do with its water. Generally, white coconut is fit for consuming coconut water and not the ripe brown coconut.