The fruit of the coconut palm, the coconut has a very hard woody shell with a thick, hairy covering. Inside the shell there is a firm white pulp and the hollow centre contains a sweet milky-white liquid which is drinkable. The pulp is rich in fat.
Use: Coconut is mostly used in desiccated (shredded) form in baking, confectionery and ices. In Indian, Indonesian, African and South American cooking, the pulp is used fresh or dried in chicken, beef or shellfish stews.