Coconut Palm

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  1. letsgo

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    I’m thinking and hoping this is a coconut palm with coconuts if someone can confirm. It drops little nuts as we call them at different times and last year hubby cut the big ones down so they didn’t drop on his head when he went to his car in the mornings

    But after I just made some really yummy coconut milk from a bought coconut I thought I better find out so he doesn’t cut down any more .

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    Yep that looks like a coconut tree Letsgo.
    If you want cc's best not to cut them down!
    Has it been fruiting each year or has it just started in recent years?
    They generally start fruiting while the stem is still only 2m tall.
    They usually don't fall until very very brown.
    They can hang for more than a year after ripe unless there is a lot of wind.
    I love the juice from the full sized but still green nuts while the white part is still jelly.
    The jelly is yum too.
    So many people waste the juice but it is a very valuable food source.
     
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    letsgo Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    We have been here 3 yrs and it’s been fruiting since then, last year hubby cut them down so we haven’t had any ripe coconuts yet not realising what they were. No one will be cutting them down now

    Palm is approx 5m on the trunk to the start of fonds.

    Yeah I used the water from the coconut in the coconut milk I used, wasn’t going to waste that.

    Yum yum
     
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    Ash Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Growing in SEQld that's great to see it fruiting so well. Give us some feedback once they're ripened as to how they do and taste.
     
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    What a great find! Amazing :)
     
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    That looks very promising.

    My two dwarf coconuts are only in their first year in the ground so I've still got some waiting to go....
     
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    I wonder how long they'll take to fruit?
     
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    I think i read somewhere that at the very best you might get a nut in the second year but more than likely 3 -5 years.
    As mine were stuck in a pot for a year or two they probably had a bad start to life. As long as they're healthy looking then I'm happy to wait.
     
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    Well, that's a reasonable timeframe - I thought it would be longer.

    I'd love to make our own coconut milk/cream for Thai dishes from our own tree :)
     
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