COCONUT is a plant from the Arecaceae family that is natives and grows in Malaysia and is considered an important plant. The history of coconut plants begins mostly for their own use where the main areas of cultivation are coastal areas and as perimeters of houses.
It is also a kind of crop or agricultural activity carried out by many traditional farmers in Malaysia since centuries ago. The main areas of coconut plantation are west coast of Peninsular Malaysia such as in Perak, Selangor and Johor and in Sabah and Sarawak. Coconut plants are classified as versatile or 'Tree of Life' as all components of coconut can be used. The consumption of coconut per capital in Malaysia is around 17-18 per person per year where local coconut supply is insufficient.
Kelapa MAWA / MAWA Coconut
Kelapa Mawa /MAWA coconut (CN 3) is a hybrid coconut produced from cross-pollination of Kelapa Rendah Malaya and Kelapa Tinggi West Africa.
The height of MAWA coconut trees can reach up to 15 meters.
The color of the leaves, flowers and fruits are either pale green or orange depending on the main tree (Malaya Primary Coconut).
14-16 fruits per bunch.
Thick coconut meat.
Benefits of Coconut
The coconut palm is the most useful palm in the world. Every part of the tree is useful to human life for some purpose or the other. Hence, the coconut palm is endearingly called ‘kalpavriksha’ meaning the tree of heaven.
The coconut water is gaining popularity as a sports drink as it contains good levels of sugars, dietary fiber, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Coconut water also can be a substitute for blood plasma. The high level of sugar and other salts make it possible to add the water to the bloodstream, similar to how an IV solution works in modern medicine.
Coconut milk is not the same as coconut water. Coconut milk has a high fat content of around 17%, but is low in sugars. It is frequently added to curries and other savory dishes. Coconut cream can also be created from the milk.
The white, fleshy part of the coconut seed is called coconut meat. It has high amounts of Manganese, Potassium, and Copper. The meat is used fresh or dried in cooking, especially in confections and desserts such as macaroons.
Copra is the term used for the dried meat. This can be processed to produce coconut oil used in cooking, in soaps, cosmetics, hair-oil, and massage oil. The copra obtained by drying the kernel of coconut is the richest source of vegetable oil containing 65 to 70 per cent oil.
Coconut Coir (the fiber of the husk) can be used for making ropes, mats, brushes, sacks, caulking for boats, and as stuffing for mattresses..etc.
Coconut leaves have many uses such as for making decoration, brooms, woven to make baskets or mats, or dried and used as thatch for roofing.
Wood from the trunk of the coconut palm was traditionally used to build bridges, houses, huts and boats in the tropics. The woods straightness, strength, and salt resistance made it a reliable building material.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, skin dryness and flaking
Reduces protein loss in hair and nourishes the hair
Treats pancreatitis and alzheimer's disease
prevents and effectively curescandida
improve bone health
helps in easy digestion
strengthens immune system
Prevents diseases affecting liver and kidney
effective in healing damaged tissues and infections
Rich in Lauric acid that helps maintain blood sugar and cholesterol.