In the Philippines, the coconut is commonly called the “tree of life” because of its many uses, most importantly as a source of 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: