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The coconut palm - its place and potential in Australia

Agricultural Science
Volume 23 Issue 3 (Nov 2011)

Abstract: Prior to European settlement the coconut (except in Torres Strait) was known to indigenous Australians only from the drifted fruit that they collected for food on northern beaches. Although it had naturally colonised tropical coasts and islands over millions of years, and had been embraced for millennia by human settlers as a staple food, it was but a novelty to mainland Australians. From its present status as principally an ornamental in tropical coastal towns and resorts its potential to become a worthwhile niche crop deserves attention. Coconut oil from the developing world lost its status as the dominant edible vegetable oil in world trade as other oils competed successfully for its markets in the late 20th century. Having survived their commercial onslaught, in which it had been asserted that coconut was a health risk, it is now poised to regain a high status in Western diets.

To cite this article: Foale, Mike. The coconut palm - its place and potential in Australia [online]. Agricultural Science, Vol. 23, No. 3, Nov 2011: 29-34. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=004815548789626;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1030-4614. [cited 28 Mar 17].

Personal Author: Foale, Mike; Source: Agricultural Science, Vol. 23, No. 3, Nov 2011: 29-34 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1030-4614 Subject: Coconut palm; Coconut industry; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Research Consultant, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld, 4067, Australia, email: m.foale@uq.edu.au, tel: +61 7 3365 1111, fax: +61 7 3365 1177

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection