Coco De Mer: The Forbidden Fruit
it was the apple of the fig, but my bet is that the coco de mer was
hanging from the tree of knowledge in eden.
Though the uninhabited Seychelles islands off
the east coast of Africa were periodically used by pirates and traders
through the centuries, when the first Europeans stumbled across the
islands of Praslin and Curieuse in 1756, the only locations where the
ancient coco de mer palm still grows, they were understandably shocked.
The shells of the fruit
are life-sized simulatiosn of the female reproductive regions,
including hips, stomach, thighs, pubis, and even a tuft of hair right
where you'd expect it to be. The back resembles nothing more than a
shapely rear end.
Besides the nut of the tree, which has been nicknamed
the love nut, the pubic
fruit, and the butt nut, the trees that grew them were downright
tree's woody female flowers are the size and shape of a woman's
breasts, with an ovule right where you'd expect to find a nipple.
The male flower, or catkin, is essentially a giant
Mother nature has to be winking at us.
A Long History
Old enough to be have been a feast for the dinosaurs, the nut was long
Sailors found its empty husks floating in Asian waters
for thousands of years, but no one knew where the coco de mer came
crews saw what they described as a woman's rear end floating under the
waves, and imagined that it grew on underwater trees or marked the
presence of sea nymphs.
An entire cult revolved around the empty shells in India, where they
frequently washed up on shore. They were used as ritualistic water
vessels by priests and Hindu holy men still use them for begging bowls.
tantra it's revered as Yoni, a symbol of creation and fertility. Some
say the dried kernel can be used as an aphrodisiac or as a kind of natural Viagra.
Whatever their medicinal properties, they're undeniably risqué.
Getting A Taste of The
Under the salacious husk lies a custard-like flesh that only a lucky
few get to taste.
After a 1990 forest fire and years of development, There
are only 24,457 coco de mer palms left on Praslin and Curieuse, half
are male, and two-thirds are too young to bear fruit.
It takes 6-7 years for a fruit to mature and a further
two years for it to germinate into a new plant.
Only 1,769 fruits reach maturity each year, and given that a hundred
thousand tourists visit the Seychelles yearly, there aren't enough to
sale of the fruits-though not the empty shells- is strictly prohibited
by law, with the punishment of two years in prison and a $800 fine for
those that try.
On the other hand, anyone that has one growing on their
property can give them away with no repercussions.
few people that get to taste them usually describe a sweet earthy taste
with a hint of citrus. Some even say it tastes like breast milk.
"The Fruit Hunters," author Adam Leith Gollner said coco
de mer has a "mild citrus-like quality, refreshing and sweet with
earthy, spunky notes. It tastes like coconut flesh, only sexier."
I'm dying to taste the coco de mer.
It's a forbidden fruit, after all, and a damn sexy one
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