About Coconut History
The coconut tree belongs to the genus Cocos and is a member of the family Arecaceae. Coconuts have three distinct parts: the outer shell which is covered in husk fiber – sometimes the shell itself is referred to as the ‘husk’, the copra, or coconut ‘meat’ as it’s often called, which is the most energy rich, nutritional part of the coconut, and coconut water, known for its powerfully hydrating effects.
Coconuts are particularly popular in tropical and subtropical areas of the world as they are native to such regions. For thousands of years, people have been using coconut meat in cuisines, as well as coconut oil for baking and self-care. Technically, coconuts are not nuts, but drupes. In fact, a fun fact about coconuts lies in their etymology. Notably, coconuts got their name due to the three indentations on their outer shell that resemble a face. The word “coconut” in Spanish and Portuguese translates to “skull”.
Coconuts are highly nutritious and contain an exceptional amount of dietary fiber. There are endless benefits to consuming coconut meat and oil, some of them being gut flora maintenance and the prevention of tooth decay.
Coconut For Gut Flora Maintenance and Tooth Decay
The human microbiome houses over a trillion different types of bacteria that play a key role in helping prevent serious infections. Gut bacteria is especially important for protecting the digestive tract from foreign organisms that may cause harm. However, too much of one bacteria can throw off the rest. Furthermore this can lead to infection. So maintaining a varied balance of gut flora is essential for a healthy body.
Coconuts have both antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. They contain medium chain triglycerides which support the lining of the intestinal wall. In addition, coconuts have caprylic acid that prevents over proliferation of candida – the bacteria responsible for yeast overgrowth. Obviously, as an American consumer, you have seen an increase in coconut based products.
One of the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut is lauric acid; a compound that creates a toxic environment for oral germs. Certainly, chewing on coconut alone may help reduce the amount of harmful bacteria that lead to tooth decay.
Culinary Uses of Bulk Coconut
Coconut is known for its versatility in culinary dishes. Correspondingly, many chefs buying bulk coconut have uses for the fruit to incorporate into a wide range of menu items. Try the following for an extra layer of flavor in your cuisine.
- Pair with seafood such as shrimp and salmon
- Add to Indian curry and Pad Thai dishes
- Use shredded coconut flakes in trail mix, cereals, or to diversify a savory salad
- Sprinkle on cookies and cakes or use as a main ingredient in sweet confections like macaroons and coconut custard pies
Storage And Shelf Life
You can store our bulk coconut flakes, coconut chips, and shredded coconut in the pantry or fridge for up to 8 months, and freeze it for up to a year. Additionally, just make sure your coconut is stored in an airtight container. This will prevent it from premature staleness.
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