Coconuts have been a popular food- and raw material source for thousands of years. On account of their delicious taste and positive traits, coconuts are becoming increasingly popular even in our part of the world. Besides valuable protein, the coconut also provides brain sustenance in the form of fructose as well as palmitic- and oleic acid. The unique characteristics of lauric acid, the main fatty acid in coconuts, have been known for many years. Today, lauric acid is used to counteract viruses, bacteria and fungus, which makes coconut chips a real fitness snack.
The coconut palm tree originated in Melanesia, a group of islands in the pacific, north-east of Australia. It spread in part naturally and also through humans. Coconuts can drift a long way in the ocean and remain capable of germinating even after swimming in salty water for 100 days. Polynesian seafarers are responsible for its spread to South-East Asia. The coconut palm tree thrives in the wet and warm tropical belt. Its main growing areas include the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South India, Africa and the coasts and rivers of South America. The tree bears fruit the entire year around and produces - depending on age and location - 30 to 150 ripe coconuts per year. Palm climbers and trained monkeys harvest the coconuts. The coconut is of great value to local people.