The heavenly coconut palm tree has been a profitable revenue-producing commodity for decades, and it is gearing up to be even more valuable in the future. Coconut trees can be grown in most tropical locations, but more than three quarters of the world’s producing trees currently exist in three areas: The Philippines, Indonesia and India. Unfortunately, these countries have not managed their inventories well, and now face not having the resources to successfully sustain production to meet world demand. Several threats to coconut production in existing areas are known, opening the door to new sources to fill existing and developing demands for coconuts.
According to the Coconut Development Board, the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera linn) is the most useful palm in the world. Every part of the tree is useful to human life for some purpose or the other. Hence, the coconut palm is endearingly called “the tree of life.”
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Recently, the world has recognized the vast range of items producible from the heavenly coconut. The coconut has been valued by islanders for centuries, and today, the fruit of these South Pacific giants is used for everything from food products to energy-producing fuels.
Although island locals have long appreciated many uses of the fatty coconuts, recently the world has developed an interest in the crop that has significant bearing on their value. Coconuts are now recognized as a healthy food source, as evidenced by the robust islanders whose diets consist primarily of coconut and fish.
A few years ago it would have been difficult to find coconut products outside of the tropical climates, except at high-cost health food stores. Today, coconut water and milk can be conveniently purchased at grocery stores and big-box warehouses around the world, a vivid testimony to the growth in the demand for these basic nut-based items.
New products are in constant development, including off-shoot food items and a host of non-food products such as clean fuel sources and fiber products. Ironically, as the demand for these products skyrocket, the projected supply in the near future is in danger of killing these industries…unless aggressive plans are activated to address the concern.
An opportunity now exists for growers to recognize these demands and to begin planting for harvest at the critical time (in four to six years). As the future demand on coconuts becomes more evident to you, you’ll want to become a grower too.
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Coconuts – A Multi-Faceted Commodity
Whimsical images of coconut shell craft items, from carved monkeys to bikini tops, are associated with this nut, and although these imaginative crafts entertain us, the value of the coconut reaches far beyond the tourist traps. Consider that every part of the nut is usable, from the delicious water to the meat and oils, to the shells and coverings. The amazing coconut really is a miracle fruit, and it may offer answers to several of the world’s most pressing questions.
Sweet, cold, refreshing coconut water has long been a favorite treat for natives who live in places where the coconut trees grow, but recently coconut water has become the beverage-of-choice for people around the world. Praised for its ability to deliver electrolytes and potassium, the drink has been endorsed by dieticians, physical trainers and coaches—and athletes and celebrities draw constant attention to the product with their endorsements.
No longer limited to niche marketing via health-food outlets, coconut water has recently received the attention of big businesses, such as Coca-Cola (Zico), PepsiCo (O.N.E.), several major grocery chains and big box giant Costco, who are involved in large-scale bottling and distribution of the product. With more than 200 brands sold worldwide, Vita Coco is the largest selling brand in the United States with 2013 sales around $250 million. Sales throughout Europe are equally as large. These efforts have made the product readily available to consumers and have increased the appreciation and demand.
Coconut Oil and Butter
Coconut oil has been in demand for more than 50 years. The liquid has many uses, and is easily accessible. Raw coconut oil is extracted simply by removing the husks and shells, then grating, drying and pressing the remaining coconut meat (copra). The highest quality oil is rendered from mature coconuts between twelve to eighteen months old. Coconut butter is made from the whole coconut flesh, with solids and tasty fats. The coconut meat and oils are melted together to produce a creamy-textured (buttery) substance. The resulting product can be spread on toast or baked goods, or used in recipes.
Coconut Cream Coconut milk is a creamy, satisfying treat that is a prime ingredient in Asian cooking. Coconut milk is made by shredding coconut meat and mixing it with water. The mixture is then squeezed through a cheesecloth or sieve to remove solids, and the liquid that is extracted is a delicious milky product. Coconut milk can be consumed whole (best when cold from the refrigerator) or in smoothies. It can also be used in cooking, such as in soups and sauces.
Coconut cream omits most of the water, otherwise, it contains the same ingredients as milk. Coconut cream is thicker than milk. Creamed coconut looks like shortening, and it comes in a solid block. It is pure coconut flesh that has been formed into blocks. It can be used in cooking sauces.
Activated carbon is a non-graphite form of carbon which can be produced from carbonaceous materials, such as coal, lignite, wood, paddy husk, coir pith, and coconut shell. Activated carbon is used in many industries, and activated carbon made from coconut the shell is considered superior to other sources because of its tiny macroporous structure. This makes coconut shell-based carbon absorbent of gas/vapor and more efficient in eliminating the odor of the compounds, which makes the product excellent for air purification, waste management, and purification of drinking water.
Sustainable Fuel Alternative
The coconut oil’s potential as a fuel alternative has the attention of scientists and industry executives who recognize the need and the opportunity of developing new energy sources. Politicians and ecology activists have clearly established the need for clean energy sources to stop global warming, saving plants and animals—individually and as species. To overcome the environmental challenges associated with fossil fuels, such as crude oil and coal, finding alternative pathways where CO2 production is eliminated is critical. International pressures to reduce emissions, set by the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, require industrialized countries to take responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their borders. Promoting the use of biofuels is a key element in reducing world-wide pollution.
Other Promising Applications
Healthcare opportunities are under investigation in relation to the treatment of neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism and dementia. Initial studies indicate that coconut oil may be effective in aiding in the production of ketones in the liver. This alternative to glucose is thought to stop the destruction of brain cells and halt the progress of degenerative diseases. Other conditions that are thought to respond to coconut oil digestion are multiple sclerosis, autoimmune deficiencies, and weight control and cholesterol management. Amanprana-Dr-Oz-recommends-coconut-oil-healthy-lowers-cholesterol According to the Dr. Oz website, “Studies have shown that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Even more, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus and Candida.