Is Coconut a Fruit or Not?
Coconut is one of the most popular fruits in the world. It is used in many different ways. It is eaten raw, cooked, frozen, fermented and even made into alcohol.
Many people have tried to answer this question: Is coconut a fruit or not?
There are several opinions on this matter. Some people believe that it is a fruit because it contains seeds, while others say that it is not a fruit since there are no seeds inside. Others still think that coconut does contain seeds but they do not grow in the same way as those found in other fruits.
What Are Seeds?
Seeds are small plant structures which produce new plants when planted. They usually come from trees such as oak, walnut or hickory. Seeds are often referred to as “fruit” because they resemble fruit in appearance. However, unlike fruits, seeds cannot reproduce themselves. They must be sown and harvested before they will germinate and begin growing into new plants.
How Do You Know If It’s A Fruit Or Not?
There are two main types of seeds: hardy (or woody) seeds and water soluble (or fleshy) seeds. Coconut is one of the water soluble seeds, but it does contain hardy seeds.
When a fruit such as an orange, banana or mango is ripe, you can easily peel off the thin outer skin and enjoy eating its contents.
In order to get to the contents of a coconut, it must be prepared before eating. This typically involves hammering a nail into the shell so that you can crack it open and enjoy the soft inner part.
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