Tropical Gardening: The coconut as an emergency food supply

  • Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise Harvested coconuts being shipped to market for coconut oil, copra and coir in Vietnam. Entire communities depend on coconut production in this region of the Mekong Delta where conditions are ideal for the palm.

The Coconut palm we use in our landscapes is more than an ornamental tree. It is an essential food supply to many islanders throughout the tropics. It is like money in the bank if we ever got cut off from the rest of the world.