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Coconut – The Tree of Life

The scientific name for coconut is Cocos Nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means “monkey face” because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey. Nucifera means “nut-bearing.” The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a┬ástaple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one [...]

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Walnuts – The Super Nut

Walnut is an ancient tree that is thought to have grown when there was only one super-continent on earth, Gondwanaland. After that continent broke up and drifted apart to make the World and continents that we know today, the Walnut trees became scattered across various continents. Now Walnut trees grow across the north temperate Old World stretching from southeast Europe and east to China and Japan. It grows widely in the New World from southeast Canada west to California and [...]

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Cashew – Strange Fruit Superfood

Cashew nuts are actually seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree, a curious fact about this strange and most unique nut. Cashew apples, while not known in the U.S., are regarded as delicacies in Brazil and the Carribean. The seed we know as the kidney-shaped cashew “nut” is widely known in the US and throughout the World. You have probably noticed that cashews in the shell are not available in stores. [...]

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