Hey all. This has popped in my head over the past week. What is a coconut? Everyone seems to have a different opinion whether it's a seed, fruit, or as it says in the name, nut. Anyone have some solid facts/info they could post? I was thinking fruit. Instead of the seed being on the inside it's what surrounds the coco water. I know I could probably google it but I'd rather hear from you guys.
It's a seed; the fruit is a fibrous drupe whose outside is usually removed before it's delivered to the store. The white stuff on the inside is endosperm. The embryo is a tiny thing inside one of the three holes; when it sprouts, it extends its cotyledon to cover the inside of the endosperm.
All palm fruits are drupes with three ovules; normally only one turns into a seed.
Almonds are also drupes, not nuts; they are in the same genus as peaches. Brazil nuts aren't nuts; they are hard-shelled seeds, which come in a capsule containing about twenty or thirty of them. Occasionally a Brazil nut collector has been bonked on the head by one of these capsules falling.