- According to some botanists coconuts originated in Asia, while others claim they are from the Caribbean.
- The coconut palm is the most widely cultivated palm species in the world.
The fruit from the coconut palm, known as coconut, is one of the most versatile products around. It has a pleasant sweet flavor and a meaty, juicy consistency. It yields refreshing coconut water, which has major hydrating and nutritional properties.
The coconut palm is exploited in many ways. The dried pulp is known as copra, the source of oil, which is used to produce margarine and soap. Coconut palm wood is used in construction. The fibers around the fruit are used to make brushes, mattresses, and cordage.
It has a low fat content. Coconut water is ideal for hydrating the body and promoting digestion. It has calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and sodium. It is also beneficial for the immune system.
Cocada or coconut candy is one of the most emblematic of Mexican sweets. Coconut ice cream and popsicles can be found at any ice cream shop and on all beaches. It is one of the principal ingredients in baking. In some tropical regions of Mexico they drink tuba, a fermented coconut beverage.
- In Guerrero and Colima 90 percent of the fruit of the coconut palm is harvested.
- Indonesia is the world’s leading coconut palm producer.
- Mexico ranks eighth in coconut palm production.
- Mexico exports copra to the United States and Belgium; the latter country is the leading source of foreign currency for Mexico in this area.
- Tropical beaches are the ideal place for its cultivation.