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In the Philippines, the coconut is commonly called the “tree of life” because of its many uses, most importantly as a source of food and medicine. On many islands, the coconut is a staple food in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content.

Here are some of the Philippines’ coconut-based food products:

The Sweet

Buko (Young Coconut) Pie

Coconut Sugar

Coconut Sap Sweetener and Coconut Jam

Coconut Sugar

Instant Coffee Mix with Coco Sugar

Coconut Sap Sweetener

Coconut Candy

Instant Tea Mix with Coconut Sugar

Pastillas de Coco

The Sour

Suka (Coconut Vinegar) and Sukang Tuba (Coconut Sap Vinegar)

Coconut Nectar Vinegar

The Water

Coconut Water

The Oil

Virgin Coconut Oil

The Spirit

Coco Vodka