“He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:3)
The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is indeed the tree of life as all its parts can be used and nothing goes to waste. Even Moana’s village knows this. It even gets a song number praising it:
“Consider the coconut, consider its tree. We use each part of the coconut, that's all we need. We make our nets from the fibers. The water is sweet inside. We use the leaves to build fires. We cook up the meat inside.” ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
Coconut husk can be used as a pot for plants. Not only that, it’s also a source of natural fiber called coir.
“It’s used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes and mattresses. Other uses of brown coir (made from ripe coconut) are in upholstery padding, sacking and horticulture. White coir, harvested from unripe coconuts, is used for making finer brushes, string, rope and fishing nets.”
Coconut shells are made into useful tools such as utensils and bowls. They are also used for making musical instruments and handicrafts. When the shells are processed they could be turned into coconut shell charcoal, coconut shell activated carbon or coconut shell powder.
“Coconut shell charcoal is used abundantly as a domestic and industrial fuel. It is the only main ingredient that is used to produce activated carbon. It is one of the most wonderful gifts from nature and the best form of activated carbon that has loads of benefits. Since it is 100% natural, it is completely safe. Coconut shell powder is used extensively in the manufacturing of mosquito coils and incense sticks.” (c) Vashini Exports
Coconut water is good for hydration and certain illnesses. It has antioxidant properties and may help prevent diabetes and kidney stones. It's also used in cosmetic products such as shampoo and lotions.
Inside the fruit you can get coconut oil and coconut milk which are used in cooking. There's nectar and coconut sap to be had which are turned into various edible products. From appetizer, main dish up to the dessert, the fruit got you covered.
The leaves of the coconut tree are used for making brooms, baskets, mats, cooking skewers, kindling & roofing.
The coconut trunk is used for making musical instruments, containers, furniture, and even the house itself. Truly, the only limit is your own imagination.
From the leaves to the roots yes, nothing gets wasted when it comes to this tree! The roots are used for its medicinal purposes. It could also be used to make dye and mouthwash.