At home in Kerala by Carol Pucci – Seattle Times

The Seattle Times

At home in Kerala

Carol Pucci travel writer

Almost anyone will advise first-time visitors to India to stick to either the north or the south, but not try to do both. I felt pulled both..

Today, I learned …

If you have coconut trees, you have just about everything you need to survive in rural Southern India.

You can drink the milk, make liquor from the sap, use the palms and wood as building materials or brooms; eat the pulp; grind it for cooking; cook with the oil; make rope by soaking the husks in water; and burn the shells for fuel or use them to make dessert cups.

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