Lets Go Nuts - the brain child of Aqua makes a pit-stop at Seduce Your Tastebuds this month.
I am hosting a tropical nut. Need any clues? Ok here it comes... A nut that was first named by Portuguese explorers especially the sailors of Vasco da Gama. You must have guessed by now!! No?? Ok more clues - This nut was named so coz the Spanish explorers thought it looked like a monkey [because of its hairy resemblance]. Still no? Now for the last clue - It’s a nut with a sweet tasting liquid it in.. Yes, yes, you guessed it rite - I am talking about - COCONUT
Coconut tree, which is said to have been present from ancient times, belongs to the palm family and almost all the parts are useful in culinary and non culinary areas which is clear from this saying – He who plants a coconut tree plants food and drink, vessels and clothing, a heat source, habitation for himself and a heritage for his children — A South Seas saying, from Norman Van Aken's The Great Exotic Fruit Book.
Coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil. Coconut is classified as a ‘funtional food’ as it provides many health benefits. It is highly nutritious providing fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Coconut is used in many cuisines and in some countries esp. the tropics, they form the heart of the cuisine.
Apart from the culinary uses coconut palm finds its use in traditional medicine and is used to protect/cure a wide range of ailments.
Coconut oil which was once shunned by many due to its high saturated fatty acid content is now coming into limelight as it has been proved that the fat in coconut oil is a unique and different from most all other fats and possesses many health giving properties.
Coconut water [also known as Tender coconut water] is a cooling drink that quenches the thirst of hundreds in summer. The tender sap can be eaten as such as a snack.
Coconut milk lends its richness to various curries and also used as a drink.
So let’s go nuts with coconut this month. Prepare any dish with coconut[fresh / desiccated] / coconut cream / coconut milk / tender coconut water or any other form of coconut]. Let it be the major ingredient of the dish so as to highlight the theme.
Only Vegetarian posts please. Eggs are allowed if they are a part of baked goodies.
Old entries are accepted. All you have to do is repost it this month with a link to this announcement. Multiple entries are welcome.
Mail your entries to email@example.com with the subject line as ‘Let’s go nuts..’ and with the following details
1. You name
2. Blog name
3. Recipe name
4. URL to the recipe
5. A photo of your creation in JPG format….
The last date to send in your entries is July 31st, 2009.
I am sure it is going to rain coconuts in your kitchen this month... Happy cooking!!!!