New book !
Coconut. A guide to traditional and improved varieties.
By R. Bourdeix, J.L. Konan and Y.P. N'Cho
Editions Diversiflora, Montpellier
SIZE: 21X 27 CM - 104 PAGES
ENGLISH VERSION: ISBN 2-9525408-1-0
FRENCH VERSION: ISBN 2-9525408-0-2
Symbol of the South Seas, the coconut palm is first and foremost a
plant grown and also consumed by millions of farmers and gardeners.
Its cultivation covers an area of more than eleven millions hectare.
In this book, 34 well known coconut varieties from 18 different
countries are each depicted with a plate of photographs and a one-
page text describing their main uses and agronomic traits. It
includes 12 dwarf varieties, 13 tall varieties and 9 coconut
hybrids.But this book is more than a simple catalogue of coconut
varieties. It explains the botany and history of the coconut palm. It
gives an overview of coconut research throughout the world. It also
described ethnological aspects of coconut palms cultivation and uses.
Did you know, for instance, that before the Europeans arrived,
Tahitian healers used a piece of coconut shell taken at a very
precise stage of growth called "Nia" to repair skull fractures? And
that, little by little, the bone welded onto the shell fragment? Many
other surprising anecdotes have come down to us over the centuries.
This book is published under the logos of three well known Research
Institutes from Africa and France (CNRA, CIRAD and CEFE). It is an
indispensable reference for those who want to improve their knowledge
about agriculture and ethnology in the tropical islands and coastal
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