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Postharvest, Product Diversification and Value Addition in Coconut

  • D. K. Ghosh
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Abstract

Coconut is a crop with a large potential for varied use and considered to be the most important and useful among the tropical palm. Almost all the parts of coconut are useful both for domestic purpose and in industrial units and it is called ‘nature’s supermarket’. Product diversification, adoption of stringent quality standards for coconut products and increased productivity are some of the ways to make this industry’s fate bright. Coconut is a smallholder crop, and millions of rural people depend on it for survival. Its development particularly in postharvest activities could be the base for rural development in the coconut-producing countries. Copra, coconut oil, desiccated coconut (DC), coconut cream, coconut milk, virgin coconut oil, spray-dried coconut milk powder, coconut chips, cream, nata de coco, coconut jam and young tender coconut are the convenience coconut products, and some by-products are coconut fibre, e.g. coir and coir products, mats, matting, brushes, brooms and rubberised coir mattresses, and shell products, e.g. charcoal, activated carbon, etc. For coconut-based oleochemicals including fatty alcohol, fatty acids, methyl esters, tertiary amines, alkanolamides and glycerine, there has been a growing demand in the world market. In the present chapter, the aspects discussed are coconut, harvest, post harvest, products, by-products, processing industry, prospect, problems, health benefit of products, etc.

Keywords

Coconut Water Coconut Shell Coconut Palm Coir Fibre Coconut Husk 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bidhan Chandra Krishi ViswavidyalayaMohanpur, NadiaIndia

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