A coconut is all of these: a seed, a fruit and a nut! A coconut is a seed because it is the reproductive part of the tree, a coconut is a fruit because it’s a fibrous, one-seeded stone fruit, and coconut is a nut because the definition of a nut is nothing but a one-seeded fruit.
A coconut contains ample water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids which people can live on. The shell and its fiber has been used for rope, cooking fires, currency, and even flotation devices – talk about an all-purpose food! Coconuts are famous for their flavorful white meat and milk. These fruits are not only delicious, but they are packed with fiber and minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosporus, potassium, sodium and zinc. They also contain vitamin C and folate, an especially important nutrient during pregnancy.
Eat the coconut immediatly or place the milk and coconut in seperate airtight containers and store them in the refrigerator for later use. You can also put a whole mature coconut in a baking dish and heat it in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 180°C / 350°F to soften the meat before cracking the open. Firm pieces of coconut remain fresh for up to 10 days when refrigerated in an airtight container. Soft coconut meat should be refrigerated and used within a day.