Let's face it, it already bores looking at the coconut and coconut tree just like the poor relatives of the postcard "white sand beaches and crystal clear waters". In truthfulness, the phrase is poor in arguments and the coconut deserves better luck than to be seen, merely as the tropical flavor aid associated with desserts. Coconut has a lot of history and to his rescue we say: He is a stoic navigator. Specimens have already been found thousands of kilometers from the tropical origin, "riding" the waves on the cold coastline of Norway.
To realize this maritime feature of the coconut, let us return to the calendar. Let's go back hundreds of thousands of years. We are in the Pacific Ocean, on a tropical latitude. A coconut sails the sea currents. He fell from a coconut tree and for weeks has remained adrift thanks to his nature: Bark woody, with fibers and oils. Our coconut tracks the ocean until it "stumbles" on a sandy beach. Found land and can now spread. It has to germinate and give rise to a new coconut grove. Like him, millions of other coconuts sailed the sea, reproducing their characteristics far from their territory of origin, possibly Malaysia or Indonesia.
Coconut and coconut have been, over countless generations, to many tropical communities, a bit like pigs to the northern European peoples. From the coconut and coconut tree the sap, the water, the fibers and the copra, ie the dry pulp, are removed. Not to forget, too, the refreshing "milk" of coconut. A generosity of this seed already described in the sixteenth century by the Venetian Antonio Pigafetta, who in his logbook reported on the uses that the indigenous populations of the Indian islands gave to the coconut: "As we have bread, wine, the vinegar, so they have the coconut. With two of these plants, a family of ten people can sustain themselves for a hundred years. " Until the mid-nineteenth century, coconut was the currency used on the Nicobar Islands, north of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean.
As in many other products, where he saw economic potential, man did not wait for the slow natural processes of dissemination. He accelerated their migrations and, in the case of the coconut, he tried to take him to the boat hitch. The coconut will have arrived in Africa, thousands of years ago, to the hitchhiker of the Arab navigations. This from the Indian Ocean, more specifically from India, where coconut has long been used not only in the food component, but also as balm.
In 60 BCE, one writing, the "Sea Foot of Erythraea", refers to the now-vanished town of Rhapta, the starting point for boats laden with coconuts.