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Wednesday - January 26, 2011

From: Round Rock, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Non-Natives, Trees
Title: Coconut in a husk from Round Rock TX
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Looking for a coconut in its complete husk ?

ANSWER:

From this Specific Profiles for Pacific Island Agroforestry it looks like you might have to travel a bit to find the fruit of the Cocos nucifera, a palm tree. Anyway, it's a tad out of our line, which is the growth, protection and propagation of plants native to North America. You might try some large grocery stores, see if they carry coconuts in the husk at any time during the year.

 

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