Recipes with coconut or coconut – the tree of life
In this recipe collection, you will discover all about coconut and the forms under which it can be used: coconut sugar, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut cream or grated coconut.
Did you know that:
Every piece of the coconut can be used? As a result, the coconut (also called the “Tree of Life”) can be used to produce beverages, fiber, food, fuel, utensils, musical instruments and more.
During World War II and the Vietnam war, when the intravenous solution was insufficient, the doctors used coconut water to replace these.
The origin of the coconut
The coconut is cultivated in the North of Hawaii and the South of Madagascar.
The earliest reference to coconut is from Cosmas, an Egyptian traveler from the 5th century AD. He wrote about “Indian walnut” after visiting India and Ceylon. Some scholars believe that Cosmas described a coconut.
At one point, scientists identified over 60 species of the coconut palm. Today, the coconut is a monotype with a single species, the nucifera. However, there are over 80 varieties of the coconut palm, which are defined by features such as dwarf and tall.
The benefits of coconut
The nutritional value of the coconut varies depending on the consumed part of the fruit: A 1/3 cup of coconut kernel has a high fiber, iron and potassium content. Despite being high in saturated fat, coconut does not contain cholesterol and has low sodium levels.
What we need to know when cooking coconut recipes:
If you are going to buy a whole coconut you should know that the outer layer is quite strong, but it has 3 “eyes” where the shell can be pierced with a simple screwdriver. The liquid inside can be drained through those holes and then, with the help of a very sharp knife, the nut can be split and the softcore can be removed with a spoon.
Coconut is more of a secondary ingredient in the culinary recipes, but it has an unmistakable aroma that will give a personal note to your preparations.