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The role of the coconut in Sri Lankan life

“In Sri Lanka, the coconut is, in a sense, a source of life. Not only it is the main ingredient in most Sri Lankan dishes, but it also plays a major role in many non-culinary parts of every day life. Without the coconut, things in Sri Lanka would be very different. We spent the day with a family of 8 on their modest coconut plantation outside of Negombo, where they showed us all this fruit (nut?.. seed?..) has to offer.”

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  • coolz

  • When we went to Sri Lanka sure coconut was popular, but the little bananas they have seemed to be an ingredient in most things.

    Lots of pineapples too.

  • I had a Fijian friend when I was growing up. He often went on long vacations to live in his village in Fiji. The rest of us would be sitting in a pub back in Australia wondering what he was up to. We often envisioned him as a master-climber scrambling up the coconut trees to get his lunch….

    When he came back, we asked him to show us his climbing skills (on a telephone pole in front of the pub). He looked at us confused. Then he laughed …. "No climbing in Fiji… Too much work. We sit at the bottom of the tree and wait for the coconuts to fall down!"

  • +Guy Kawasaki The same applies for Southern part of India. You won't find a single dish without coconut in it.

  • ! it must very delicious!!the coconut

  • I like young coconut, we have lot of coconuts here too in Indonesia, I think the same as in India.

    • Actually Indonesia in terms of land area, has about 3808000 hectares of land devoted to coconut or about 14786.7 square miles of territory and produces about 15.249 billion coconuts annually. India, in terms of land area has about 2039100 hectares devoted to coconut or about 7873 square miles of territory and produces about 21.892 billion coconuts annually. Philippines has about 3562000 hectares of land devoted to coconut or about 12799.6 square miles of territory and produces about 15.245 billion coconuts annually and Sri Lanka has about 395000 hectares of land devoted to coconut or about 1524.5 square miles of territory and produces between 2.71 and 2.94 billion coconuts annually.

      Kerala state in India has about 821000 hectares of land devoted to coconut or about 3169.4 square miles of territory and produces between 5.8 and 6.21 billion coconuts annually.

      • I stand corrected – 3808000 hectares of coconut in Indonesia translates to 14702.8 square miles of coconut and 3562000 hectares of coconut in the Philippines translates to 13753 squares miles of coconut.

        Thanks.

  • great nutrition!

  • I've only had coconut like this in brazil, very nice :)

  • +Guy Kawasaki itz all about coconutz…as a srilankan im proud..

  • Lychees were very popular too. I still remember seeing roadside stands piled high with bright red lychee.

    They were much nicer than the shrivelled up brown ones we get in supermarkets over here in the UK!

  • Ahh…..nostalgia…reminds me of my days basking on the golden beaches of south India with plenty of coconuts all around :) +Guy Kawasaki Thanks for sharing Guy!

  • Aloha Guy ! Next time a coconut falls on my head, I will give it more thanks and not swear. :-D Good info! mahalo nui loa ~

  • Nice video

  • I too have been in South India has similar culture to Sri Lanka. I can't find a dish there without coconut.

  • Nice

  • It provides food , water , and shelter . If Coconut water didn't give the runs it would be the perfect tree .

  • I have several coconut trees in my back yard always full. I need to use them more. Sometimes we put them on ice, then drill hole and have a  refreshing coco frio.

  • cool. u have connections with Sri Lanka? im a lankan too…

  • quenching his thirst with a fresh coconut!

  • Oh yes………….. U r right……… you came to our country. wonderful . I'm also a Sri Lankan.

  • sri lankan coconut is the best 
    cause i am sri lankan

  • Hi Vishwa

  • In the Philippines, we also love Coconut. If you go jogging and/or running in some public parks, you can buy then refresh yourself with fresh coconut water and the soft coconut meat inside. Big wooden carts filled with newly harvested coconuts are just around the corner.

  • High in cholesterol

  • Good cholesterol.

  • The coconut is literally revolutionary!
    Coconut Revolution Part1
    Coconut Revolution pt1

  • Good water we put  wisky in it sometimes rum. we make pina colada,s with them.Puerto Rico is wonderful .you can find them anywhere.

  • We make all type of candy with them we make a drink called coqito with them .I can do this all day.We clean them out and use them for water.

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  • So, after drinking the coconut, are you fellas gonna stop the ethnic cleansing of Muslims?

  • ha ha this is lovely, Im a Sri Lankan and drooling for that Pol Sambal… :D

  • wow, proud to see something from my motherland shared by a non sri lankan!

  • More than that normal coconut, this the best in Sri Lanka: King Coconut, known as “Thambili”. Sweetest taste ever man. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNQIE9s31e4

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_coconut

  • Keep looking up  - "Coconuts Called Deadlier Than Sharks" –   http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=97993&page=1#.UXbJB6KG0sw

  • Keep looking up  - "Coconuts Called Deadlier Than Sharks" –   http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=97993&page=1#.UXbJB6KG0sw

  • Good lord I love coconuts, which were plentiful in my homeland of Trinidad and Tobago. I just can't find coconuts like that here in the states… definitely one of my favorite foods.

  • Good lord I love coconuts, which were plentiful in my homeland of Trinidad and Tobago. I just can't find coconuts like that here in the states… definitely one of my favorite foods.

  • I LOVE Sri Lanka & Sri Lankans & have been fortunate to work there regularly, however about the only thing I don't like is coconut !

  • I LOVE Sri Lanka & Sri Lankans & have been fortunate to work there regularly, however about the only thing I don't like is coconut !

  • I am from a place in South India which if translated from Tamil to English is 'Coconut city'.

  • I am from a place in South India which if translated from Tamil to English is 'Coconut city'.

  • Its so good to see +Guy Kawasaki is sharing something about Sri Lanka..

  • Its so good to see +Guy Kawasaki is sharing something about Sri Lanka..

  • Coconut is THE bomb…i mean that is better than redbull for cryin out loud…!

  • Coconut is THE bomb…i mean that is better than redbull for cryin out loud…!

  • Huh we'll first of all was that fun and second of all I well I'd have to agree it is better than red bull

  • Huh we'll first of all was that fun and second of all I well I'd have to agree it is better than red bull

  • Healthy and taste great

  • Healthy and taste great

  • Love coconut

  • It's one of the most refreshing drinks and there is another's coconut variety named King Coconut (orange coloured) and tastes even nicer! It's also given to recuperating patients to give them strength.

  • Drupe. ;-)

  • Hardly surprising, coconuts are important for all coastal economies, not just Sri Lanka. Try Kerala in India, or Thailand or various Pacific islands

    • I totally agree and actually Sri Lanka currently only has 394836 hectares of land devoted to coconut cultivation and produces only about 2.8 billion coconuts annually -
      That is out a total geographical area in Sri Lanka of 6560598 hectares. (the coconut area in Sri Lanka peaked in the 1960s at around 467000 hectares).

      Quite paltry compared to Kerala where there is currently 820867 hectares of land devoted to coconut cultivation (the coconut area in Kerala peaked in 2000-2001 at 925783 hectares) and produces about 5.8 billion coconuts annually.
      That is out a total geographical area in Kerala of 3886287 hectares.

      • Sorry the total geographical area of Sri Lanka is 6560958 hectares not 6560598 hectares.

        Thanks but that is only 6.02 percent of it’s total land area covered in coconut in Sri Lanka (even in the 1960s at it’s peak only 7.12 percent of it’s total land area was covered in coconuts in Sri Lanka).

        In Kerala now coconuts cover 21.12 percent of it’s total land area and back in 2000-2001 when the coconut area reached it’s zenith in Kerala, it was 23.82 percent of its’s total land area, so between Kerala and Sri Lanka, coconuts are more ubiquitous in Kerala than in Sri Lanka.

  • Powerful drinks

  • Powerful drinks

  • Very refreshing and the pulp inside is absolutely delightful!

  • Very refreshing and the pulp inside is absolutely delightful!

  • Coconuts are amazingly beneficial. http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/

  • Cooooool~~~~

  • Made use of the whole fruit. Drink to… Curry to…  emergency drinking cup…to  firewood… Dang!. When the coconut fell off the tree  nothing was thrown away. Climbing the coconut tree .. for fresh cocnut  or waiting for the Toddy.tapper bring down Fresh Toddy…. Memories… thanks Guy… Hope you had fun there.

  • Cool

  • Ohh no you guys got more seeds..genetic manipularists…you phar  diffrnt mnd set thn me… natural world…

  • i lke this its very interesting. i never knew that. thank you. i think i might start eating more coconuts lol

  • Awesome! Very interesting.

  • As per Sri Lankan herbal doctors , drinking of liquid inside coconut seed (not king coconut seed) is a medicine to rectify uncontrolled urine discharge during sleeping at night and etc.

  • Are you in Sri Lanka?

  • Beats the Heat ! There is no summer without coconuts.

  • Beats the Heat ! There is no summer without coconuts.

  • Wao I like the juice come from coconut

  • waw

  • Im definitely going to show my friend that sells coconuts this video. Real cool

  • Délicieux et frais…un régal !!!

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