Celebrated on September 2nd
It is commonly believed that the name “coconut” was given by Portuguese sailors in the 16th century because the three holes on the coconut looked like a human face. “Coco” means “laughing face,” or “grimace.” The English word “nut” was only added later on.
Coconuts can float for long distances across the ocean and then put down roots again when they are washed ashore. There are reports that individual coconuts have even reached Scandinavia. There are over 1,300 types of coconut, which can all be traced back to one of two genetic origins from either the Pacific or the Indian Ocean.
Just like mangoes, cashews and cherries, the coconut is actually a drupe and not a nut. The drupe is an item that has a fleshy outer around a pit. A coconut tree can have up to 180 coconuts harvested during a single harvest.