Coconut is a common name for the fruit of a tree of the palm
family. It is classifed as cocos nucifera. People usually call the tree coconut
palm. Coconut palm tress grow well in tropical countries. They grow especially
on sandy soils.
The trees can grow up to 30 m high. They have a single
cylindrical trunk. At the top of the trunk, there is a crown of leaves . the
leaves are long, about 3 to 4,5 m long. The fruit grows in ousters. In one
cluster there are about 5-20 coconuts. The fruit is oval and about 30 cm long.
It has a thick husk and a hard shell. Inside the shell there is white oily
flesh. Inside the shell there is also a sweet fluid.
Coconut is high in sugar . it also contains a lot of fat,
protein, and vitamin. The young coconut water can be very refreshing drink which contains a lot of minerals.
Coconut palms are very useful plants. People can use every
single inch of the tree . they dry the coconut meat into copra . after that ,
they can get oil from it and use it for daily cooking or make it into soap or
candles. People also use the trunks to build houses. For the roof, they dry the
leaves. People can also make rope and doormats from the coconut’s husk.
Coconuts are usually propagated by seeds, but experts have
been trying to clone coconuts or propagate hem by tissue culture
1) is coconut a tree or fruit ?
2) where do coconuts usually grow ?
3) what is the coconut like ?
4) what are the leaves like ?
5) why are coconut palms very useful ?