Tropical Fruits Facts and Legends: Coconut – The Tree of Life

HOUSEKEEPING: I’m moving my “serious” articles from “A Traveller’s Tale” to “Contemplations of a Restless Mind” starting with my tropical fruits series which were among my first posts in this site and is considered by WP as “evergreen” articles or topics of lasting relevance. Check it out. 🙂

Contemplations of a Restless Mind

A Tropical Landmark

A movie scene, still photo, or sketch about a tropical place is not complete without a coconut palm  (Cocos nucifera) dominating the view.  To an outside viewer, the coconut palm is at best just an apt symbol of the tropics but, to the natives of these places, it represents no less than their life. In Sanskrit the coconut is called kalpa vriksha: “the tree which provides all the necessities of life”. In the Malay language, it is pokok seribu guna: “the tree of a thousand uses”.  A proverb in the Pacific Islands says that “He who plants a coconut tree plants food and drink, vessels and clothing, a habitation for himself and a heritage for his children.”  In the Philippines, the coconut is commonly called the “Tree of Life“.

A Very Special Drink

A coconut legend in…

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