Is It Warm Enough For Coconuts Yet?

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National Coconut Torte Day is celebrated on March 13th, and surely most of us would love to visit the tropical islands where coconut trees grow; Especially this time of year, when the temperatures in the northern USA climates plummet to the 40’s or lower at night.  

No, Phenomenal Fudge isn’t sending you to the tropics but we wanted to discuss a food which originates in the tropics. The word “torte” is German for “pie,” and although we don’t sell pie, we do make a mouth-watering chocolate coconut fudge by mixing sweetened, shredded coconut into our regular chocolate fudge.

Coconut can be added to any flavors of Phenomenal Fudge as well as to your own dessert recipes to produce a sense of the tropics.

The coconut tree originated in Southeast Asia and can grow as tall as 90 feet!  Being a member of the palm tree family, it only survives in climates above 55 degrees Fahrenheit and needs direct sunlight. It’s no wonder then that these trees would not survive in our Vermont backyard!

The term “coco nut” is said to have come from the Portuguese and Spanish word “coco,” meaning monkey face and yes, monkeys do love eating coconuts too.

If you have visited the tropics lately and seen a coconut tree, please post a picture in response to this blog. Phenomenal Fudge will pick three images at random to win a free half-pound tub of chocolate coconut fudge which we make throughout the year, even when it’s below zero!

Sources used:

Wikipedia

Coconut Oil Central