Photo by: Maiylah of Maiylah's Snippets
One of the most peculiar things about the barrio of Taloctoc that had remained in my memory after all these years - were the coconut trees that dotted the backyards of every nipa hut in that small village.
One can see a few avocado or santol trees but -always- there would always be a coconut tree in each backyard.
The children were used to scaling the tree like it was just a guava tree.
We had even "Coconut Climbing" as one of the games played during fiestas and celebrations.
Coconut oil is also found in every home. It is a part of the "First Aid Kit" of every household. It is made used of as a balm for burns, stomachaches, headaches, arthritis, muscle aches and so many more medicinal purposes.
It is with coconut oil that medicinal herbs were soaked and preserved and were eventually used by native healers.
It also adds delicious flavor to food like in vegetable dishes. Native cakes or sweets were mixed with coconut oil to enhance their flavor. The clear tasty, liquid that comes from fresh coconuts are excellent beverages.
What's definitely amazing is that every inch of this tree proved to be extremely useful for the villagers.
The bark had been used to built "bridges" (yes coconut bridges-they're sturdy-mind you!)
The leaves when fresh, could be turned into household decors and when they had dried, could be made into stick brooms.
The outer part of the fruit are trimmed into husks.
The inner hard part of the husks are polished and made used of as bowls. (You should see one of them -unbreakable bowls -very durable whether with hot or cold dishes..and water tasted different when using one of these containers.)
Well, for the roots - (no they're not useless!), they are planted again for propagation.
Indeed, whenever I see a coconut tree . I remember Taloctoc - my small paradise!
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