Coastal Desert & Beach Plants - maui-mike


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This image shows the hard inner "stone" (endocarp) of the coconut (Cocos nucifera). The white "coconut meat" is the endosperm. The liquid often referred to as "milk" is actually the cotyledon, a sweet, spongy mass that eventually dissolves and begins to absorb the endosperm. The product sold as "coconut milk" in stores is usually the liquid extracted from the coconut meat when it is pulverized.

Note: "Endosperm" is the tissue produced in the seeds of flowering plants at the time of fertilization. It surrounds the embryo and provides nutrition (starch), though it can also contain oils and protein.

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