Which countries are the biggest per capita coconut consumers?
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Coconut, despite its name, is not a nut but a stone fruit. Coconut is a versatile fruit that has been used in various ways around the world, including for food, beverages, and cosmetics. Coconut consumption varies across the globe, but climate is not too surprisingly a major factor.
In terms of global per capita coconut consumption, the top countries are (not very surprisingly) mostly island nations close to the equator. Countries like the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and India have a long history of using coconuts in their traditional cuisine and culture.
The popularity of coconuts is not limited to food and beverage consumption. Coconut products such as oil, water, and flour have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their health benefits and versatility. Coconut oil is used in cooking and as a moisturizer for the skin.
The biggest per capita coconut consumers in the world are in the Pacific. Micronesia is by far the largest per capita coconut consumer in the world with an annual consumption of 173.9 kg per capita. Vanuatu (139.0 kg), Kiribati (137.1 kg) and Nauru (131.8 kg) are the other countries that consume more than 100 kilograms of coconut per capita per year.
Not surprisingly, coconut consumption is much lower in areas further from the equator. The vast majority of the world consumes less than 5 kilograms of coconut per capita per year.
The data comes from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The data includes not just the coconut itself, but also copra, coconut milk and coconut oil.