The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a member of thepalm treefamily(Arecaceae) and the only livingspeciesof thegenusCocos. The term “coconut” (or the archaic “cocoanut”) can refer to the whole coconut palm, theseed, or thefruit, which botanically is adrupe, not anut. The name comes from the oldPortuguesewordcoco, meaning “head” or “skull”, after the three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facial features. They are ubiquitous in coastal tropical regions and are a cultural icon of thetropics. The edible white, fleshy part of the seed (theendosperm) is known as the “coconut meat”, “coconut flesh”, or “coconut kernel.” The jelly-like soft coconut meat of immature fruits can be eaten as is or used in salads, drinks, desserts, and pastries likebuko pieandes kelapa muda. Mature coconut meat has a tougher texture and thus are more predominantly processed before consumption. Freshly shredded mature coconut meat, known as “grated coconut”, “shredded coconut”, or “coconut flakes”, is used in the extraction ofcoconut milk. They are also used as agarnishfor various dishes, as inkleponandputo bumbóng. They can also be cooked in sugar and eaten as a dessert in the Philippines known asbukayo.
Coconut powder is packed with nutrition, gluten-free, low-carb and keto-friendly. Plus, since it is dehydrated, there’s no refrigeration required and it has a long shelf life.