The coconut is a very common plant in the Philippines. It has been here since the world began. According to my friend's research (Yedra, R 2012), the origin of those coconuts in South America is the Philippines. Our Filipino ancestors riding on their traditional boats brought with them our coconuts 2230 years BP (Before Present). Wherever you look and wherever you go in our country, there is coconut. We exported at least $2 billion in 2011 for coconut products, 70% of which is from coconut oil. The US, UK and Japan are our major importing partners. The now famous health essential Virgin coconut Oil (VCO) belongs to the 30%, much more so with the upcoming healthier sugar, the coco sugar, which is said to have lower glycemic index per weight basis compared to cane sugar.
There are hundreds of products coming from the coconut, and I will be showing only some of them.
Coconut trees dominate our skyline, most especially along the expressways to the provinces
Barangay roads are usually lined also with coconut trees, even if their fields are mostly planted with them
coconuts thrive even on marginal and hilly areas and can be seen as far as your eyes can see
It is very well studied and an agency, Philippine Coconut Authority, with its satellite centers around the country fully works on it
Every part of this crop is utilized for many purposes; trunk, midribs, leaves, husk, shell, mature nuts, young nuts, coconut water, coconut milk, oil, dessicated meat, flowers, coconut toddy, fresh flower sap, buds and a lot more. The choir dust which is a by-product of getting the choir fiber from the husks is very much sought for by nurseries and farms as very good soil conditioning ingredient.
these nuts from PCA, Zamboanga Research Center will either be for seedlings or for copra
Nuts differ in weights, sizes, shapes, quality of meat, and quality of oil
An example of the extreme size difference of two varieties
a teapot (above) and a bowl container (below) made from the mature shell
mature shells made into chandelier
those coffee table boxes and organizers are composites of coconut husks and cement and mounted at the sides with our hardwood (narra-our national tree)
I consider this as the most beautiful product from coconut, a cottage mostly made of the composite fiberboard made from coconut husk and trunk. The floors and furnitures are wood parquet from the coconut trunk. During my two visits to the PCA Zamboanga Research Center, i stayed here all by myself. There was a kitchen, a T&B, a living room and bedrooms on the second floor. A verandah with the blue railings is at the 2nd floor, where I cam out to watch the birds.
Coconut fronds dominate not only our sunsets but our sunrise scenes as well. It really is our sunshine crop!