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Is the Coconut really a nut?

We were standing in the middle of an Indian restaurant, post-gastronomy, when a member of our dining party asked casually, “Is coconut a fruit?”  Naturally, we answered that it was nut.  But there was still doubt in the air.  Could it be a fruit? Is it really a nut?  Could it “technically” be a vegetable?

 

Obviously, the fate of the free world depended on knowing the correct answer.  It turns out that a coconut (Cocos nucifera) is botanically classified in the fruit family of drupes.  Drupes are defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as, “a one-seeded indehiscent fruit having a hard bony endocarp, a fleshy mesocarp, and a thin exocarp that is flexible (as in the cherry) or dry and almost leather (as in the almond).”

 

 

 

"There is sweet water inside a tender coconut. Who poured the water inside the coconut? Was it the work of any man? No. Only the Divine can do such a thing.” -- Sri Sathya Sai Baba (Indian Spiritual leader, b.1926)

"There is sweet water inside a tender coconut. Who poured the water inside the coconut? Was it the work of any man? No. Only the Divine can do such a thing.” -- Sri Sathya Sai Baba (Indian Spiritual leader, b.1926)

 

The book Plant Form: An Illustrated Guide to Flowering Plant Morphology by Adrian D. Bell and Alan Bryan explains further.  According to the author, “[The] outer surface of a coconut (Cocos nucifera) or peach (Prunus persica) is the epicarp, the coconut fibre or peach flesh is the mesocarp, and the hard shell or stone is the endocarp.  Both are technically termed drupes.” 

 

So there you have it, the coconut is actually a fruit.  According to the online coconut museum, the Hindi word for coconut is Khopra.  However, I call coconut in my shrimp curry, “delicious.”

 
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