What is the largest seed in the world ?, Did you know?

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Cocos201119The¬†coconut tree¬†(Cocos nucifera) is a member of the¬†palm tree¬†family¬†(Arecaceae) and the only known living species of the¬†genus¬†Cocos. The term “coconut” (or the archaic “cocoanut“)¬†can refer to the whole¬†coconut palm, the¬†seed, or the¬†fruit, which botanically is a¬†drupe, not a¬†nut. The term is derived from the 16th-century Portuguese and Spanish word¬†coco, meaning ‘head’ or ‘skull’ after the three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facial features.

Coconuts

Coconuts are known for their versatility of uses and are the largest seeds in the world, ranging from food to cosmetics. The inner flesh of the mature seed, as well as the coconut milk extracted from it, forms a regular part of the diets of many people in the tropics and subtropics. Coconuts are distinct from other fruits because their endosperm contains a large quantity of clear liquid, called coconut water or coconut juice.

Mature, ripe coconuts can be used as edible seeds, or processed for¬†oil¬†and¬†plant milk¬†from the flesh,¬†charcoal¬†from the hard shell, and¬†coir¬†from the fibrous¬†husk. Dried coconut flesh is called¬†copra, and the oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking ‚Ästfrying¬†in particular ‚Äď as well as in¬†soaps¬†and¬†cosmetics. The hard shells, fibrous husks and long pinnate leaves can be used as material to make a variety of products for¬†furnishing¬†and decorating. The coconut also has cultural and religious significance in certain societies, particularly in¬†India, where it is used in¬†Hindu¬†rituals.

 

 

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