➡️What is coconut? Coconut can be considered a fruit, a nut, and a seed. To be more specific, it’s a fibrous one-seeded drupe. When picked from the coconut palm tree, it is hard and green and that layer is called the exocarp. Under that layer is the husk (it looks brown and hairy) and is called the mesocarp. Inside that is the endocarp, which is the outside of the seed. Open up the seed and you’ll get to the white layer of coconut “meat” and liquid.
➡️ What are the different food products that are made from coconut? Coconut is a hugely versatile food and a perfect substitute for many things when adhering to a #glutenfreedairyfree way of eating. Some products made from coconut: coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut flakes (desiccated coconut), coconut water, coconut flour, coconut vinegar, coconut sugar (made from the sap of the flower on the coconut palm), coconut butter (also known as coconut manna), and coconut aminos (a #glutenfree soy sauce alternative made from fermentation of the sap of the coconut plant.)
➡️ What are some interesting facts about coconut? Coconut oil can be considered a superfood due to its medium-chain triglyceride (MCTs) content. Whether supporting a weight loss program, moisturizing skin and hair, or metabolizing into energy, coconut oil can have a significant role for your body. Coconut also has notable anti-viral and anti-microbial properties as well.
Coconut is rich in fiber, Vitamin B6, iron, and minerals like magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc.
Did you know that beyond the fruit and water of the coconut that we consume as food, consumers also use the husk and shells as a potting medium, carbon filtration, charcoal, bio-fuel, and even organic cat litter. Another use for the husks is the production of coir, which manufacturers use in making mattresses, doormats, and more.
➡️Which #paleoplatery selections contain coconut?
Coconut oil: roasted root vegetables, whipped cheesecake, chocolate silk pie, carob silk pie, “oatmeal” cookies, chocolate chunk cookies, carob chunk cookies, AIP muffins
Coconut flour: banana waffles, chocolate silk pie, carob silk pie, “oatmeal” cookies, chocolate chunk cookies, carob chunk cookies, AIP muffins
Coconut milk: whipped cheese cake, chocolate silk pie, carob silk pie, butternut squash queso
Coconut sugar: carob silk pie, chocolate silk pie, gingersnap cookies, chocolate chunk cookies, carob chunk cookies, pork loin with saskatoon balsamic glaze
Shredded Coconut: “oatmeal” cookies
Coconut Manna: chocolate chunks, carob chunks
Coconut Aminos: cauliflower Alfredo sauce, citrus salmon glaze, butternut squash queso, AIP bbq sauce, paleo bbq sauce, honey garlic sauce, pork loin with saskatoon balsamic glaze
(Sources: https://tinyurl.com/4b7u7ryc, https://tinyurl.com/ad9wjwrf, https://tinyurl.com/pt6dpk5t)