10 fun, captivating facts you didn’t know about coconuts!

Posted by Lewis Robling on

10 fun, captivating facts you didn’t know about coconuts!

Welcome to this short, intriguing blog about coconuts and what you may not know about this epic fruit/seed/nut!! 

We thought we’d share some interesting, not so well known, facts about coconuts for you. Now we’ve listed the strangest 10 we could find! After reading this, see if you can find some other captivating, puzzling facts about them and please share them with us! We’d love to hear from you.

Ok let’s get to it and start with a bang:

  1. Coconut grenades were a weapon used in World War 2 by the Japanese in which a coconut was filled with items most importantly a grenade, and then thrown at the enemy.
  2. In April 2007 the largest coconut ensemble was held with 5,877 people in London. They played it to the Monty Python hit “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life“. - here’s the link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mej4RCMeogo
  3. In 2011, Ho Eng Hui managed to pierce 4 coconuts in 12.15 seconds in Milan to set a world record.
  4. People have actually used coconut fibres over the centuries to construct robust armour. This includes the natives of the Kiribati islands, who used woven coconut string to build their suits.
  5. Coconuts, in different forms, are anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasite.
  6. In 2016 there were over 59 million tons of coconuts produced worldwide.
  7. Falling coconuts cause death, although only a small amount. 2.5% of injuries in Papua New Guinea Provincial Hospital were reported as caused by falling coconuts. A very small number of those killed the patient, but they estimate that approximately 150 deaths are caused each year by falling coconuts. Shark attacks cause 5 deaths a year!!! 
  8. In 2013 police in the Maldives took possession of a coconut due to a belief that it had been cursed with black magic.
  9. Just like mangoes, cashews and cherries, the coconut is actually a drupe and not a nut. The drupe is an item that has a fleshy outer around a pit.
  10. During World War 2, coconut water was said to be used to treat dehydration due to short medical supplies.

So there you have it. Coconuts are so much more versatile than we first thought! From weapon to life saver, from instrument to black magic… This particular drupe is pretty spectacular! A symbol of human and planetary health. 

Let us know what you think of these facts, and if you have any other interesting ones please get in touch and share them with us!

Have a great day,


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