World Coconut Day: 2nd September - Ajay Vijayvargi

World Coconut Day is observed on 2 September each year with an aim to create awareness about the importance of the coconut across the world. World Coconut Day is celebrated by the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) and its member states every year. World Coconut Day was established in the year 2009. The day is observed to commemorate the formation day of APCC which functions under the aegis of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP). World Coconut Day is observed to highlight the importance and uses of coconuts.

Coconut is a source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, folates, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. A coconut carrying 400 g edible meat and around 30-150 ml of water holds all the daily-required essential including minerals, vitamins, and energy of an average-sized individual.

The 100 g kernel holds 354 calories. Coconut oil is commonly extracted from Copra or dry kernel. The oil is an excellent emollient agent. It can be used in cooking, applied over the scalp as hair nourishment, employed in pharmacy and medicines.

Coconut kernel is an excellent source of minerals such as copper, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc. World Coconut Day is celebrated by raising awareness about the health and commercial benefits of Coconut.

Ajay Vijayvargi
The Fabindia School.

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