An important source for not only food, but raw materials in tropical Asian countries
In tropical Asian countries, the coconut palm is an important source of not only food, but building materials and other commercial commodities. The firm, white flesh found inside the mature coconut can be eaten fresh or grated and used in cooking, especially desserts. The meat can also be shredded, dried and eaten as a snack or used in baking.
Coconut milk (see "coconut milk") is the creamy liquid extracted from shredded coconut meat, and not the liquid that is found inside the cavity of young coconuts (see "coconut water").
Coconut leaves can be used as food wrappers, are woven into decorative and functional pieces and are also a common roof thatching material.