Coconut: Flake, Oil, and Palm Sugar

Did you Know:

  • Coconuts are drupes, not nuts. Drupes are fruits in which an outer fleshy part surrounds a pit of hardened endocarp with a seed inside. Other drupes include coffee, olives, dates, mangoes, and almonds.
  • The coconut palm is often referred to as the “tree of life,” as virtually every part of the coconut palm can be used by humans in some way.
  • Coconut palms are grown commercially in more than 80 countries around the world.
  • To make coconut palm sugar, farmers must climb the coconut palms, slice off the end of the flower stems (called the spadix), and collect the sap that drips from this cut. The sap is then boiled down until the liquid evaporates, leaving the coconut palm sugar granules.