Coconut oil “Copra”

Copra is the  South Pacific name for dried sections of the meaty inner lining of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). It is the principal commercial product derived from the coconut palm, and is used primarily as a source of coconut oil. The resulting residue, coconut oil cake, is used as livestock feed.

The Marquesas and Tuamotus Islands economies  are heavily dependent on the production of copra. Harvesting copra is a  beak-breaking business. The ripe coconuts are split with a machete and laid out to dry in the sun. The meat is then scraped out and dried once more on raised wooden platforms, which protects the meat from land crabs. On the atolls, the coconut forests are divided into “parcels” so that each family has sufficient trees from which to harvest a crop. In French Polynesia the price of copra is kept artificially high by subsidies from Tahitian government, this is in an attempt to keep people on the smaller islands by providing them with a worthwhile income. At the moment, Polynesian islanders are paid many times what the copra is actually worth. In the villages, after the copra is harvested, it is packed into burlap bags, weighed and recorded in the local shopkeepers ledger. The shopkeeper often acts as an intermediary, giving credit at the shop in exchange for the crop, which is eventually shipped to Tahiti on “copra boats”.

Coconut oil, derived from copra, is a  great natural healing product its benefits include hair and skin care, it’s relieves stress, maintains cholesterol levels, reduces weight, increased immunity, improves digestion and increases metabolism, improves  kidney problems, and heart disorders, reduces high blood pressure, reduces diabetes, reduces effects of HIV and cancer, it has dental care benefits, and strengthens bones. Its the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and other properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc that make the natural element so important to the well being of the human body.

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~ by crr1962 on July 3, 2010.

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