Germinating Coconuts?

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Tue Aug 10 09:24:18 EST 1999


The coconuts sold in stores usually aren't mature.  The sloshing you
hear, the milk, is liquid endosperm.  It's an unusual phenomenon--the
endosperm is multi-nuclear but has no cell walls.  As the fruit matures,
the endosperm solidifies into the "meat" of the coconut.  The more milk,
the less ripe the nut.  

Monique Reed



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