Coconut turns into coolers in Green Bean

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption What the coconuts are made of are the final ingredient. Coconuts are suffering a very bad rap in the past few decades – when they’re not mauled by…

Coconut turns into coolers in Green Bean

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption What the coconuts are made of are the final ingredient.

Coconuts are suffering a very bad rap in the past few decades – when they’re not mauled by alligators or, as is the case in the Philippines, plucked off trees and eaten by the people.

But one company is taking the delicate food crop out of the deep fryer and turning coconuts into coconut shells that can be used as coolers.

The shells are used to make coolers for fruits and other non-liquid products. The coconut-based shell, which is called coroninho, also has a stabilising effect on the product when frozen.

Most importantly, it is high in calcium, which is beneficial for bones and teeth.

A coconut shell

Image copyright Tesco Image caption Tesco paid nine times the Philippine production value for these coconuts

Vendors can also use coroninho to freeze fruit for smoothies and other drinks.

The coconuts are transported to Tesco – the British supermarket chain – which takes out the shells and puts them back on the tree.

The retail chain is paying nine times the Philippine production value to be able to handle the coconuts, meaning it can sell them to other food markets.

There are about 500 coconuts saved by Tesco every month from branches in the Philippines.

Tesco says these are the natural shells of harvested coconuts, which are more valuable because they have twice the calcium content.

Read how the coconuts are made

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