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Mystical Tale Of The Maldivian Coconut – A Story From The East

How much is there to know about coconuts? Other than being a heavenly drink and a wonderful ingredient used in most Eastern cuisine, coconuts, surprisingly enough have interesting stories woven around them. Such is the story of the Maldivian coconut. Scroll down to find out more!

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The Origin

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Otherwise known as the “sea coconut”, the Maldivian coconut or Lodoicea maldivica belongs to the palm family. The Maldivian coconut is endemic to the Seychelles islands of Curieuse and Praslin. The genus, Lodoicea derives from Lodoicus, the Latinised form of the name Louis of King Louis XV of France.

The “Looks”

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The coconut trees are generally grown 25m to 34m tall with fan-shaped leaves that are 7m to 10m long and about 4.5 wide with a 4m petiole in the middle. The diameter of the strangely shaped fruit is about 40cm to 50cm, weighs about 15kg to 30kg, and is known as the largest seed in the plant kingdom. Those based in island resorts such as Adaaran Prestige Water Villas can enjoy the scenic views of coconut trees on the silvery Maldivian beaches.

Habitat of the trees

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Maldivian coconuts usually grow in rainforests where there is a well-drained soil and exposed grounds with slopes. However, the growth is generally diminished in such areas affected by erosion.


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Maldivian coconuts originated prior to Seychelles being inhabited which is before the 18th century. The coconuts that fell from trees drifted eastwards to the Maldives by the sea currents and were valued and traded as an important medicinal and commercial item. Until the source of this mysterious nut was discovered in 1768, many believed it was grown in a tree at the bottom of the sea!

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