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Is Coconut Actually A Nut?

This week Roma was chatting with a customer via live chat who was slightly anxious about picking a gift basket which might contain nuts. The recipient she was sending the gift to had a nut allergy and so Roma recommended selecting a fresh fruit basket, to help rule out any baked goods or biscuits being in it that could well contain traces of nuts.

We have such a wide selection of fruit baskets, and some of these do also contain food or sun-dried fruits as accompaniments. Because of this we recommended our 100% fruit baskets such as our Fruit Oasis Gift Basket or the Extra Fruity Gift Basket.

We also have an Allergen Guide, should you wish to check the contents of any other hampers for allergens such as nuts, gluten, dairy etc. It's available on each product page or you can view it here.

While scanning through the list of fruit in these baskets such as apples, oranges, pineapple, grapes, melon etc our customer noticed one was coconut and so asked if it was indeed a nut? This was an interesting question and prompted some research into the subject.

The internet states that 'Botanically speaking, a coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe, also known as a dry drupe. However, when using loose definitions, the coconut can be all three: a fruit, a nut, and a seed'. If you have a nut allergy you need to talk to your doctor about what foods to avoid. Even though coconut isn't a nut, some people who are allergic to tree nuts (like almonds, cashews, and walnuts) are also allergic to coconut. But others are not.

I suppose that could be said for any food so the answer is still not clear. Coconut is contained in so many cakes and sauces now that I expect you would soon know whether to avoid it or not. I have just started putting coconut water onto my breakfast oats, fruit and bio-yogurt which I make up the night before so that it all soaks in and is ready for a quick breakfast treat- it's really yummy! You can find our Organic Coconut Water, by Cocofina, in the Be Good To Yourself Fruit Basket, Healthy But Nice and Alkaline Concerns.

Does anyone have any other ideas on how to use the versatile coconut?

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