The coconut tree is one of the most important agricultural crops in the tropics, and the height of its stem reaches about 25 meters, and the coconut tree grows in low areas, especially in areas that are very rainy or close to groundwater, because they consume abundant amounts of water.
Most coconut trees are planted on small farms, where a ripe coconut fruit is planted in the soil until it grows into seedlings, then these seedlings are moved to wider farmland after 4-10 months, and each tree should be spaced 8-10 meters apart And often the tree begins to bear fruit within 5-6 years, but obtaining a full fruit is within 15 years, but for the fruit, it takes a full year to ripen, and the single tree continues to produce for about 50 years.
Coconuts are a source of food, drink, fuel, and medicine for many people in the tropics. Coconuts are classified into two main parts:
- Tall: It reaches a height of about 35-40 meters, so it grows vertically.
- Short: It reaches a height of only about 25-30 meters, and this type is considered less widespread than the first type. This species grows specifically near residential areas, and often has different characteristics, depending on the choices of residents of the region.
Coconut tree uses
There are many benefits that can be obtained from a coconut tree, including:
Coconut flower drink
It is a fresh sugary drink extracted from the sweet juices obtained when cutting the stems of the small flowers of the tree. This drink is a source of sugar and alcohol.
Building materials products
Coconut tree leaves are used to make baskets and straw houses, and the tree trunk is used to make huts.
Coconut oil has many properties such as promoting metabolism and treating many diseases, as it is a powerful antibacterial and fungicide, in addition to its great importance to the skin, and its multiple uses in the kitchen such as its use in frying because it tolerates high temperatures and its use In multiple recipes.
Coconut water can be used in place of regular water, as it also thirsts and has many benefits; it helps lose weight, facilitates digestion, and lowers blood pressure.