Sri Lanka and Coconut: The Many Uses of This Beloved ‘Drupe’

Harness the power of this fruit/nut/seed.

While traveling across Asia for their series on sustainable food, the duo from Perennial Plate stops by a modest coconut plantation near Negombo, Sri Lanka. Here, creators Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine meet an adorable family of eight, who eagerly demonstrate the coconut’s many virtues. From milk and alcohol to woven fabric, they are careful to use all parts of the fruit (technically a “drupe”), leaving nothing behind.

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Alessandra Ram is a former writer and producer for The Atlantic Video Channel. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy.

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