Coconut is a round and elongate fruit of white, fibrous and oily meat covered by a thick, brown and hairy shell. Coconuts are surrounded by a fibrous kernel, inside which is a white meat called copra. When the fruit is still tender it yields a milky fluid that is commonly used as basic food in some zones.
Dried coconut flesh is called copra, and the oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking – frying in particular – as well as in soaps and cosmetics. The hard shells, fibrous husks and long pinnate leaves can be used as material to make a variety of products for furnishing and decoration.
Coconut palms usually have just one upright trunk with non-showy, light tan bark. They can can become up to 60 feet tall and 25 feet wide at the top. Cocos nucifera also comes in smaller dwarf varieties that grow just 10 to 15 feet tall.