What am I?
I grow in the tropics where every part of my tree is used, even to build roofs on houses!
I have many layers, and I am a strong fruit with a hard shell. Parts of the fruit and shell are used for oil, drinking water, and food.
Where I grow
I grow on trees in warm, tropical climates like the Philippines. My fruit is soaked in water for months until the seedling is ready to plant. Once I start growing, it takes 5-6 years until I grow fruit. After my tree is 15 years old, it will grow more fruit until it's about 80 years old! All year round I grow more fruit.
After I'm picked
I'm not actually picked. If I'm fully mature, I fall from the tree. Although I can be picked before I fall because, depending on how I'll be used, I'm always ripe!
When I'm ready to be used, you need a large sharp knife to cut open my husk and hard shell.
Did you guess... Coconut
Did you CRACK the code? Have you had a fresh coconut? There are a lot of ways to try coconut like, coconut water, dried coconut, coconut milk, and coconut oil!
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