How versatile coconuts shaped Thai culture
To people from cool climates, few things are more exotic than a coconut! The tropical fruits are popular subjects of postcards, pictured on swaying palms beside blue lagoons on desert islands; islands just like Ko Samui or Ko Phangan. So it’s little wonder that these islands are now among the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
But to Thais, coconuts are not a tropical treat, but an essential crop used by everyone from cooks to carpenters. The milk refreshes, the meat provides oil and the coir, or husk, provides essential fibre. Even the coconut palm’s leaves, trunks and roots have
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