What animal really is man's best friend? Americans would probably say the dog... but Thai people would disagree. How many dogs do you know that can pick coconuts to help sustain life?
Many years ago, the Thai people began training Monkeys to climb to the top of coconut trees and twist off the delicious coconuts. The way they were able to do this first was to teach the monkey to grab a coconut and twist until it was ready to fall, then teaching them to pull it down. Then they added a rope to keep the monkey within reach and taught them to scale up the long stalk of the coconut tree.
It was a quite impressive display to see this little monkey scale the tree and drop several coconuts~!
Though its name suggests that it is a nut, most people regard it as a fruit.
When the coconut is young, it has properties like fruit, and as it matures, it becomes nuttier. But in fact it is not a nut or a fruit; it is a seed.
The scientific name of the coconut is: Cocos nucifera
Coconut palms lead a long productive life. They begin bearing fruits at the age of 5-7 years and continue to do so until they are seventy to 80 years old.
The coconut is praised by many cultures around the globe because it provides milk, fruit and oil.
I praise it because without it, there would be no Malibu & various other types of rum ;-)
The water inside the coconut is sweet and very nutritious, perfect to keep your blood sugar & hydration levels up on a hot day!
So try a coconut, fresh from the tree!
...and the next time you back at home, sinking your teeth in to a Bounty chocolate bar, you will remember what the original, real thing tastes like.
"I say, Doctor, doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take,
I say, Doctor, dooooctor, to relieve this belly ache?'
Put the lime in the coconut, drink them both together,
Put the lime in the coconut, then you feel better,
Put the lime in the coconut, drink them both up,
Put the lime in the coconut, and call me in the morning
Wouh wouh!! I say wouh wouh!!"
- (Harry Nilsson, soundtrack to "Practical Magic")
Amazing animals. Those monkeys are trained to climb up the palm trees and to turn/rotate the coconuts until they drop.