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Chapter 1 Coconut Oil

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Get fragrant oil from a ripe coconut.

The coconut is one of the most incredible plants I’ve come to know. The tree itself is an engineering marvel. It consists of a skinny, serrated shaft that bends and sways with hurricane winds and then stands back up straight, up to four stories tall. The wood has long, stringy fibers running lengthwise that make it useful to fortify houses against a storm. Atop this graceful tendril, a bouquet of lush fronds branch out to form the skeleton of a sphere. These can be used for constructing roofs or walls and the leaves used to weave casings for rice dumplings and other artistic necessities. ...

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