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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Jan 28, 2016 2:38 PM CST
What purpose does it hold for a Coconut (seed) to have sweet juice inside, if it gets opened it can't sprout and turn into a tree. What purpose is the "milk" for?
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 28, 2016 2:53 PM CST
To drink! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I couldn't resist. Actually the white milk comes from ripe, brown coconuts. Green coconuts contain a more watery like substance that acts as a suspension for endosperm during development of the coconut.

Coconut water: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Coconut Milk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Jan 28, 2016 3:20 PM CST
plantladylin said:To drink! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I couldn't resist. Actually the white milk comes from ripe, brown coconuts. Green coconuts contain a more watery like substance that acts as a suspension for endosperm during development of the coconut.

Coconut water: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Coconut Milk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Perfect! I was also amazed to learn in the links you gave that coconut milk speeds up plant growth in gardens!
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woofie
Jan 28, 2016 4:00 PM CST
Oh, Keith, you silly lad, coconuts have milk in them so you can add a lime!
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(Sorry, I just couldn't resist!) Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Bubbles
Jan 28, 2016 5:21 PM CST
Keith, if you're near a library, see if they have a book called The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. He explains seeds in such a way that anyone can understand....even me! If your library doesn't have the book, ask if they can borrow it from another library.

The voyage of the coconut is fascinating. The palm trees are usually close to the shore and drop their coconuts onto the sand. High tide washes some of them into the ocean where they can drift for up to three months. While they float along, the endosperm begins to solidify, but leaves some of the coconut water as liquid. When the coconut finally hits land, the coconut water inside helps the coconut germinate. The thick, rich, white coconut meat feeds the coconut "seed" until it sprouts. Amazing stuff!
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tarev
Jan 28, 2016 7:04 PM CST
Coconuts! Our tree of life in the Philippines..all parts of this tree so many uses Lovey dubby

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