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Known as the ‘Tree of life’, the coconut palm (cocos nucifera) is a member of the palm family (Arecaceae) and is the only accepted species of the genus Cocos. The name is believed to have been derived from the 16th century Portuguese and Spanish word coco which means ‘head’ or ‘skull’. It is thought the name was chosen because of the three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble the face of a monkey.
Depending on soil fertility, a coconut palm tree can have up to 75 fruits per year. Although we call the fruit a coconut, it is in fact a drupe and not a nut. The outside of the fruit is covered by a husk and the inside has the meat or kernel, which is dried to make copra.
The coconut palm is called the ‘Tree of life’ because it has been a staple source of food and medicine for many people across the tropics. Almost every part of the coconut palm tree has a use. The sterile water within the coconut fruit can be used as a source of water when no other water is available.
There’s lots of hype about the benefits of coconut oil, but is there solid ground for it? Some claims have actually been substantiated by clinical research. So what are the proven benefits of our choice of virgin coconut oil — for your health and body? What’s more can we use it for healthy cooking?
What is Virgin Coconut Oil?
Everyone is raving about coconut oil. Yet not all coconut oils are created equal.
Virgin Coconut Oil and your Health
The benefits of virgin coconut oil are often disputed, however the research into coconut oil is increasing so we are starting to better understand it via more evidence unmasking the hype.
Cooking with Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil is an ancient oil used throughout centuries in cooking. It goes well in almost every meal, from curries to smoothies and many meals in between.
Virgin Coconut Oil and Your Body
Try our tips for using virgin coconut oil in your beauty regime. It can help your body look and feel better in so many ways.