Indian authorities had all the ripe coconuts cut down from trees lining the streets that would be travelled by President Obama's motorcade on his recent trip to Mumbai. Perhaps an over reaching precaution. But coconuts, and especially coconut water is certainly worthy of our attention in other ways.
Green coconut water is a very pure liquid, second only to water itself. It is well known to tropical mothers as an infant formula, and as effective relief for urinary problems, nausea, and to kill intestinal worms and break up kidney stones. There are many reports of medics on both sides of the fight in the Pacific during World War II using coconut water in blood transfusions and as an intravenous solution. Coconut water offers the electrolytes, calcium, potassium and magnesium sought by athletes in packaged energy drinks.
Money may not grow on trees but a jewel of nature does, the fruit of the lowly Cocos nucifera.