Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Before it was called nux indica, a name given by Marco Polo in 1280 while in Sumatra, taken from the Arabs who called it jawz hindī.
Both names translate to "Indian nut." When coconuts arrived in England, they retained the coco name and nut was added.
Most authorities claim it is native to South Asia (particularly the Ganges Delta), while others claim its origin is in northwestern South America.
Fossil records from New Zealand indicate that small, coconut-like plants grew there as long as 15 million years ago.
Even older fossils have been uncovered in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Thennai in Kerala on the banks of River Palar, Then-pennai, Thamirabharani, Cauvery and Mountain sides at Kerala borders, Konaseema-Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (India)
The oldest known so far in Khulna, Bangladesh.
Mention is made of coconuts in the 2nd–1st centuries BC in the Mahawamsa of Sri Lanka.
The later Culawamsa states that King Aggabodhi I (575–608) planted a coconut garden of 3 yojanas length, possibly the earliest recorded coconut plantation.