Maybe for many of us, the quasi-technical term “desiccation” may sound unfamiliar, perhaps not even related with food or edible things. In fact, a desiccated food means just “an extreme dried food”, and the process of desiccation has multiple utilities in food industry, mostly in food processing. By removing water from a fruit, it can remain edible for a long time, can be preserved and stored almost indefinitely, and this is the common way how a perishable fruit (like fig, date or pear) becomes a staple. Of course, there are very few fruit that can compete with staples like rice, wheat or cassava. Coconut is one of these very few fruit, and, for the people involved in growing and harvesting it, coconut is both a blessing and a lifelong business

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