The coconut which is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, touches the lives of millions of people in the Asia Pacific region and fast gaining popularity in the west. The scientific name for coconut is “Cocos nucifera”. Nucifera means "nut-bearing". In Sri Lanka coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world's population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history.
Coconut is classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them a source of food and medicine that it is called "The Tree of Life." Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers. The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations
There’s something unique about Sri Lanka’s fresh coconuts, they’re rich in flavor, taste and texture. The thickness of kernel of a matured coconut ensures a higher yield and only found in Sri Lankan coconuts. And the shelf life is not less than 3 months from the time of processing, which is considered as the long shelf life coconuts in the world, while preserving its’ taste and flavor. Sri Lanka’s yearly coconut production amounting to 3000 million nuts grown on a total land area of 1.2 million acres.
TradeNet, is one of the largest Exporter of fresh coconuts to Middle Eastern, South African, European and Mediterranean Destinations. It started the Exports in year 2006 and have seen remarkable growth within a short period of time. We export around 650,000 nuts per month on an average basis around the year in 20’ and 40’ feet reefer and dry containers, depending on buyers requirements. Fresh Coconuts for exports are available in three different forms, called BALD NUTS, TUFTED NUTS and JUMBO NUTS. All our export cargo go through stringent quality controls which ensures the maturity, nut size, weight and water level prior to final loading. The coconuts are carefully packed as per international Standards and loaded into containers under strict supervision. Therefore, we always assure our customers a good quality product.
BALD NUTS – Mainly consumed by the customers in the West. The coconuts are selected according to size which is 13.5 inches and upwards in circumference and then removing the fiber which is covering the outer shell. The nut would averagely weigh minimum 750-800 grams per nut. The selected export quality coconuts are packed in lino (netted) bags or in cartons as per customers requirements. Bald nuts are shipped in Refrigerated (Reefer) containers with the temperature of +10 Degree Celsius in order to prevent the nuts from cracking.
TUFTED NUTS - These are coconuts with little fibre covering the three coconut eyes, called “curry coconut” in Sri Lanka, because they’re used in every single kitchen on a daily basis to make curries, special dishes, desserts, etc. These nuts are also exported to Middle East, UK and Mediterranean destinations to cater the needs of ethnic population who are living there for generations. Sri Lankan Tufted Coconuts are very famous among this ethnic population for its’ fine taste and higher out-turn of milk content. Well selected and matured nuts are packed in netted and pp bags and shipped in dry 20’ and 40’ containers throughout the year.
JUMBO NUTS - – It is called “Jumbo” because the coconut in this form appears big in size. It is because the outer husk is peeled off leaving 50% of fibre remained around the nut for extra protection. Some of Asian and Middle Eastern customers require the coconuts to be shipped in this form because these nuts could be stored and kept for a longer period of time, simply because the outer shell is yet covered with fibre and therefore chances of cracking is minimal. The remaining fibre is removed at customer’s facility just before they’re distributed for supermarkets and wholesalers. Jumbo nuts are packed in coir and poly bags and loaded in dry 20’ and 40’ ft containers.