Mature coconut tree
The Coconut palm tree is undoubtably one of the most important trees of the tropics and it is from this source that Gloweco obtains it’s produce, our charcoal is derived from the shells of the coconut tree, the shells are burnt to produce a carbonised material which is then ground to a powder, starch is then added to bind the powder and then pressed at high pressure through a machine which produces our charcoal briquetts and pillows.
Coconut palm, (Cocos nucifera), family (Arecaceae). The slender, leaning, ringed trunk of the tree rises to a height of up to 25 m (80 feet) from a swollen base and is surmounted by a graceful crown of giant, featherlike leaves. Mature fruits, ovoid or ellipsoid in shape, 300–450 mm (12–18 inches) in length, and 150–200 mm in diameter, have a thick, fibrous husk surrounding the familiar single-seeded nut of commerce. A hard shell encloses the insignificant embryo with its abundant endosperm, composed of both meat and liquid.
Coconut fruits float readily and have been dispersed widely by ocean currents and by humans throughout the tropics; they probably originated somewhere in Indo-Malaya. Marco Polo was among the first Europeans to describe coconuts.
Coconut palms flourish best close to the sea on low-lying areas a few feet above high water where there is circulating groundwater and an ample rainfall. Most of the world’s coconuts are produced on small native plantations. Propagation is by unhusked ripe nuts. These are laid on their sides close together in nursery beds and almost covered with soil. After 4 to 10 months the seedlings are transplanted to the field, where they are spaced at distances of 8–10 m. Palms usually start bearing after 5 to 6 years. Full bearing is obtained in 15 years. Fruits require a year to ripen; the annual yield per tree may reach 100, but 50 is considered good. Yields continue profitably until trees are about 50 years old.
It’s reassuring to know that Gloweco products are fully sustainable and from an ecological point of view they are the ultimate alternative to cooking by charcoal.