Coconut products such as Coconut water and coconut oil are becoming more and more popular in America nowadays. However, there are many countries and cultures around the world that have been using coconuts for centuries for all its many uses and benefits.
In the South Asian country of Sri Lanka, from where some of Polraa products are sourced, coconuts are a daily staple. There probably aren’t very many homes - from whichever part of the social ladder - that does not use at least one coconut or coconut product every day.
This is one of the coconut trees, planted about seven years ago, in our home garden in Sri Lanka.
The coconuts from the couple of trees in our garden are not quite enough to fulfill our daily coconut consumption for meals year round. However, they do produce a significant amount. We drink the coconut water, we make coconut milk for our curries, use grated coconut in some recipes and use the coconut shells for lighting the hearth in the outdoor kitchen. In addition to all those, these are some of the other ways coconuts are used:
- The leaves of the coconut tree, when dry, can be woven together and used for thatched roofing.
- The husk is used to produce coir products.
- The coconut shell can be made into a variety of products such as spoons, bowls and even jewelry.
- The meat of the coconut can also be used to produce coconut oil.