Husking Coconuts, Philippines

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Here is one of the products of the Philippines. Coconuts are piled high in a coconut grove. Filipinos (fl´ -p´ ns) are busy husking the nuts, and cutting them in two. The nuts are gathered from the trees, and hauled to a husking ground. Here they are first husked by bringing the husk down sharply on the point of a spear fixed in a piece of timber. This is what the man on the right is doing. He is so skillful that he can husk 3,000 nuts a day. Another workman splits the hulls of the husked nuts. With a knife, called a bolo, he strikes the nut a sharp blow. The hull is thus broken, and the knife is quickly forced through the uncut part. A liquid runs out of the opening inside the white meat. This meat is turned out of the shell with the knife. Some of the coconut meat is shredded and canned while fresh. Usually it is dried, and is then called copra (k prå). Copra is the most valuable product of the coconut. Many of our candles and much of our soap are made from coconut oil obtained from copra. From it also we get the dry shredded coconut for cooking. There is shipped from the Philippines yearly over $12,000,000 worth of copra. The coconut tree furnishes many other products besides copra. The raw meat is very good to eat. Trays, spoons, dishes, and cups are made from the shells of the nuts. The fiber of the husk makes good mats and brushes. The trunks of the trees are sometimes used for posts in building the native Philippine houses. The coconut tree also furnishes a liquor. The flowers of the tree are cut, and then runs out a liquid which is made into a liquor called tuba. To gather this liquid men climb to the tall tops of the trees. What climate do palm trees require? Keystone ID: 10074 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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