Uses for co­conuts

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

IT’S ob­vi­ously time to get smarter as a com­mu­nity, care more, and strate­gi­cally man­age our lo­cal re­sources from our reef to our co­conuts.

I would like to sug­gest a “healthy town” pro­mo­tion and cel­e­bra­tion in Air­lie Beach where lo­cals and busi­nesses pro­mote healthy lifestyle, re­cy­cling, utilise and sell co­conut prod­ucts and food and drinks made from co­conuts.

This could also be a “co­conut fes­ti­val” for one month, or year round.

There are a few in­dus­tri­ous and en­tre­pre­neur­ial peo­ple us­ing and mak­ing co­conut prod­ucts.

It can be as sim­ple as raw co­conut, co­conut oil, co­conut juice, shaved co­conut ice or drinks such as co­conut milk, ke­fir, smooth­ies and of course pina co­lada.

Co­conut shells can be used for cups, bowls, but­tons and jew­ellery – pol­ished co­conut shells look beau­ti­ful and pre­mium.

Co­conut palm hats and bags are fun and there’s even co­conut plants.

Rex, a lo­cal iden­tity and ad­vo­cate for co­conuts and lo­cal pro­duce, has been at the Air­lie Beach Lions mar­ket for years, pro­mot­ing the many ben­e­fits of co­conuts and re­ally does de­serve recog­ni­tion for his con­tri­bu­tion.

A fes­ti­val could be some­thing all ages and busi­nesses par­tic­i­pate in and could co-in­side with the time co­conuts are most abun­dant.

Coun­cil and / or char­i­ties could sell co­conuts for those re­quir­ing them to use to make prod­ucts. Diane Ast­bury

Air­lie Beach

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