My friend Cris told me she opened up a coconut at home today and along with extremely rich coco oil, it had a soft whitish mass inside. A quick search told her it was actually a coconut apple:
(Image from Fresh Greenery)
I’ve never seen anything like this before, but turns out it’s widely eaten in Latin America and India.
(Image from Niya’s World)
Angel Nunez from Belize writes:
When a coconut falls to the ground, it is already mature and partly green and brown. This coconut has the potentials of growing into a new plant. Shortly, in the presence of moisture, air and sunlight, this nut will break a small shoot with miniature leaves. Soon it will break roots which will feed water to the developing plant.
However, before the roots shoot, the plant uses the coconut water inside the nut. It is at this early stage that a white spongy material grows inside the nut to provide nutrients to the plant before the roots sprout. This white spongy material is the coconut apple. To enjoy a juicy sweet apple you need to cut open the nut at the right stage just before the roots are too long or the apple will be dry and tough and will no longer be sweet.
Anyone knows what this is called in Tagalog?
Never pictured a coconut sprouting, even if my friend Cris always tells me they make good indoor plants and are everywhere in Ponderosa (sa tabi-tabi lang daw)….!
Here’s a good visual of a coconut sprout from Niya’s World:
Interesting stuff!! Will be planting coconut sprouts in Nuvali for sure, or at the very least in Tagaytay!