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 plummet to the 40’s or lower at night.

No, Phenomenal Fudge isn’t sending you to the tropics but we do want to discuss a food which grows in the tropics – the coconut! And if you would like to celebrate National Coconut Torte Day be our guest! There are lots of coconut torte recipes but we prefer the one that uses cherries.

The coconut tree comes from 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. It’s no wonder then that these trees can’t 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.

The word “torte” is German for “cake,” and although we don’t sell cake, we do make a mouth-watering chocolate coconut fudge. We mix sweetened, shredded coconut into our regular chocolate fudge. Coconut can be added to many flavors of Phenomenal Fudge as well as to your own dessert recipes too.
If you intend to visit the tropics this summer help us celebrate National Coconut Torte Day and please post a picture of a coconut in response to this blog. Phenomenal Fudge will pick three images at random to win a free half-pound tub of chocolate coconut fudge. We make it throughout the year, even when it’s below zero!

Sources used:

Wikipedia

Coconut Oil Central