National Coconut Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts & How to celebrate the National Coconut Day

National Coconut Day 2020 - On 26 June 2020, National Coconut Day is observed to celebrate the amazing drupe and to raise awareness about the benefits of coconut. Get the information about the history of National Coconut Day, uses of coconut, and its facts about National Coconut Day 2020 from this article.

Keerthana | Updated Jun 24, 2020 13:54 PM

National Coconut Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts & How to celebrate the National Coconut Day

National Coconut Day 2020 

National Coconut Day is celebrated on June 26 every year. National Coconut Day 2020 is celebrated to create awareness about the benefits of coconut. On the National Coconut Day, people should know about the benefit and other facts about the coconut. The coconut is a member of the palm tree family which has numerous health benefits for mankind. 

Due to the medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) content in the coconut oil, it falls into the superfood category. Coconut oil plays a key role in moisturizing skin and hair and metabolizing it into energy. Coconut oil is the only low-calorie fat in the world. Coconut oil has 2.56% less calories per gram of fat than other fats and oils. Coconuts are used in many different forms all around the world and most commonly used in cooking. Each provides important nutrients and flavours, from shredded coconut to milk, cream, oil, and wine. It has excellent anti-viral and anti-microbial properties.

Apart from consuming the coconut fruit and water, consumers also use the husk and shells as carbon filtration, charcoal, biofuel, potting medium, and organic cat litter. The husks are further used in coir processing which is used by manufacturers to make mattresses, doormats, and more.

What is the history of National Coconut Day?

The Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA) was established in 2017 when stakeholders in the coconut industry realized there needed to be one unified voice for the coconut trade in North America. Members of the industry came together to direct the category and spread the facts about coconut oil and coconut products. National Coconut Day was founded by the Coconut Coalition of the Americas to celebrate the benefits of coconut and increase its usage. In 2019, the National Day Calendar Registrar declared June 26th as a National Coconut Day.

What are the uses of coconuts?

Coconut is a fruit which belongs to the family of Cocos nucifera palm. Coconut is rich in fiber, iron, Vitamin B6 and minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, manganese, and zinc. All the parts of the coconut plant are used for various purposes and it has served as a livelihood for mankind in many countries. Some of the benefits of coconut are listed below:

  • Coconuts are highly nutritious

  • Promote blood sugar control

  • Contains powerful antioxidants

  • Coconut flesh used as food, milk and flour

  • Coconut Water as a healthy, refreshing drink

  • Coconut oil for cooking, skin, and hair

  • Shells for steam food and craft

  • Husks used as a natural scrubber, craft material, ropes

  • Tree Leaves used for thatching

  • Wood used for fires in traditional kitchens

  • Flowers as medicine

How to observe the National Coconut Day?

Celebrate the National Coconut Day by participating in the events conducted by the Coconut Coalition of the Americas. Some of the ideas to enjoy the day are

  • Try out some favourite recipes using coconut

  • Learn more about the coconut benefits

  • Visit a local farm and know about the coconut harvesting 

  • Use #GoCocoNutty and #NationalCoconutDay on social media and share the favourite coconut recipe, beverage or snack

National Coconut Day - Facts

  • The sailors aboard the ships of Vasco de Gama gave the name to the coconut. They called it ‘Coco’ named after a grimacing face due to the brown, hairy husk and three face-like dimples. As the ‘coco’ came to England, the nut suffix was added, and so came the name

  • Coconut is not a real nut, but a drupe-like fruit with an outer fleshy portion surrounding a shell with a seed inside

  • Every year falling coconuts kill 150 people which is 10 times the number of sharks killed

  • Coconut oil was the leading vegetable oil in the world before soybean oil took over in the 1960s

  • More than 20 billion coconuts are produced annually

  • During the 1941-45 Pacific War, coconut water was used to give the wounded soldiers emergency plasma transfusions

  • Coconut oils contain MCT's, an easily digestible medium-chain triglyceride. The oil is a great energy source and has an enhancing effect on metabolism. Coconut oils are good for the heart

  • Coconut oils also contain four growth hormones, known as cytokinins, and three sets of chromosomes or triploids

  • The coconut water is considered as a “father of modern tissue culture science”. Currently research is underway to see if coconut can be used in cosmetics for hair regrowth and anti-aging

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National Coconut Day - FAQ

1. Who found the National Coconut Day?  

National Coconut Day was founded by the Coconut Coalition of the Americas to celebrate the benefits of coconut and increase its usage. The Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA) was established in 2017 when stakeholders in the coconut industry realized there needed to be one unified voice for the coconut trade in North America.

2. What are the health benefits of coconut?  

Coconut flesh is rich in fiber, vitamins B6, and minerals including iron, sodium, calcium, magnesium, selenium, and phosphorus.
 

3. How many different types of coconuts are there?

Although coconuts are of different types, there are only one coconut plant species, which is the coconut palm. It is the only kind of palm tree that produces coconuts. There are several dozen different varieties but they are divided into two main types namely tall and dwarf.
 

4. Which country is the leading producer of coconut?  

Indonesia is a world leader in the production of coconuts. The majority of the coconuts in the country are produced in the North Sulawesi province. The Philippines is the second-largest coconut producer in the world followed by India.
 

5. How did coconut get its name?

The Portuguese sailors called it ‘Coco’ because of a grimacing face due to the brown, hairy husk and three face-like dimples. As the ‘coco’ came to England, the nut suffix was added, and so the name came later on.