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The Coconut Palm Tree, scientific name Cocos nucifera, is one of the most popular palms in the world because of its fruits.
Coconut oil is used for cooking and in a wide range of beauty products.
The Coconut Palms may live as long as 100 years, producing fruits till 80 years of age.
In its native habitat the Coconut Palm grows up to 100 ft, but usually is around 20-30 ft tall and 5-10 ft wide in cultivation.
Coconut Palm likes warm climate and cannot tolerate temperature below 20F without getting injured.
Exposure: Partial shade to full sun.
Soil: It grows best in the moist well drained soil but can tolerate drought.
The coconut is a common fruit found in tropical climates around the world. It originated from the coconut palm, a plant pertaining to the family of the palm ceas, which includes nearly a million varieties.
Most people are familiar with 2 types of coconuts: The fresh green coconut for water and the brown ripe coconut for the meat. The first one has great quantity of water and a soft pulp, which is used for cooking to give light taste to drinks and sweets. This is in the earlier stages of development on the tree. As the coconut ripens on the tree it turns brown. It is literally dehydrating on the tree. This is usually seen in stores with the husk already removed and it looks about the same size as a grapefruit.
The ripe coconut or brown coconut has very little water, but it is rich in meat as a result. It is used as food and in foods, sweets, and desserts . Though the quantity of liquid is small in this sort, it can be consumed normally. The ripe coconut brings out the taste of the foods and can be substituted for nuts and almonds in many recipes, with an outstanding flavor.
The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate zones; each zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone. To find your USDA Hardiness Zone, use the map above or enter your zip code here: USDA Hardiness Zone Finder.