Who among you know where the name “Kerala” came from?
Kerala got its name from the coconut tree, which is called “Keravriksham” in Malayalam. Coconut tree is also called “Kalpavriksham” meaning a magical tree which can provide innumerous benefits to all. Let us see what are these innumerous benefits.
Coconut tree’s wood can be used to make furnitures, firewood, used as a building material, etc. Coconut leaves can be used to thatch roofs, used to make toys for kids. The middle tender rib of the coconut leaves can be used to make broom, can be used to make leave vessels, natural tongue cleaner, natural toothpick, natural skewer for cooking purpose, making crafts, etc. The flowers of coconut tree are used to make medicines in Ayurveda like thenginpookkula rasayanam (a herbal postnatal care tonic), beatiful crafts, etc. A type of sweet natural alcohol is also taken from healthy coconut fruit buds. Now comes the
important part of coconut tree, “coconut.” Coconut is a fruit, nut, vegetable, oil seed, unavoidable part of hindu rituals, and also an unavoidable ingredient of south indian, especially Kerala cuisine.
Coconut can be used to make various tasty treats. Tender coconut water is a very natural energy drink rich in electrolytes and micronutrients. It is a natural coolant too. The flesh of tender coconut is very tasty and can be ate as such or can be used to make puddings, icecreams, rice hoppers, etc. Coconut milk can be used by lactose-intolerant people instead of cow’s milk. It can be used in various food preparations and in beauty regimens. It is one of the vegan milk used by vegans. Coconut oil made from boiling coconut milk is called virgin coconut oil and it is very much rich with lauric acid second to breast milk. Virgin coconut oil has uncountable uses, which I will share with you in another post soon. The outer hard shell of coconut is used to make crafts, used
to make fire, used to make a Kerala dish called “chiratta puttu,” etc. The coconut husk is used to make coir, a natural fiber; used along with soil for organic farming; used to make different crafts, etc.
Being the giver of all these benefits, coconut tree is absolutely worthy of its name “Kalpavriksham,” the magical tree.