The humble Coconut is considered the Soul Food of the Tropics
Living in an island we take our coconuts seriously!
Like a message in a bottle floating across vast oceans, the ancient coconut, drifting along like a buoyant little ship, was a great traveler riding the waves that carried it ashore in Southeast Asia, Polynesia, India, Sri Lanka, the Pacific Islands, Hawaii, South America, and Florida.
Self-contained hardy souls, many coconuts actually sprouted during their long ocean voyage and when washed ashore fertile tropical soils, took root and began to grow.
In 1519 Antonio Pigafetta, a nobleman from Venice wrote, “Coconuts are the fruit of the palm trees. And as we have bread, wine, oil, and vinegar, so they get all these things from the said trees. . . With two of these palm trees a whole family of ten can sustain itself. . . They last for a hundred years.”.