What is it? The coconut has recently come into vogue thanks to the well-marketed health and nutritional benefits of its liquid. But coconuts, like coconut water, have long been a part of South Florida’s subtropical landscape and cuisine. Its name comes from the Spanish word coco, meaning grin and referring to the facelike appearance of the three holes at the base of the shell.
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