Coconuts are the fruit of the coconut palm, botanically known as Cow's nucifera, with nucifera meaning "nut-bearing." The fruit-bearing palms are native to Malaysia, Polynesia and southern Asia and are now also prolific in South America, India the Pacific Islands, Hawaii and Flotida. The light, fibrous husk allowed it to easily drill on the oceans to other areas to propagate.
In Sanskiit, the coconut palm is known as kaoa vtiksha. meaning tree which gives all that is necessary for living, because nearly all parts of the tree can be used in some manner or another.
The coconut fruit has many food uses for its water, milk, meat, sugar and oil. It also functions as its own dish and cup.