Palm Island Coconut Project


In the early days it was called Prune Island, but the island was renamed Palm Island after the original developer John Caldwell planted an abundance of the spectacular coconut “palm” tree on this 135 acre gem. With a maximum of 90 guests when we are full, each guest practically has 1.5 acres for him/herself. Today with over 2,000 coconut trees there are 22 trees per guests! This means that we have an endless supply of the amazing coconut which is simply the most amazing fruit on planet earth.

The versatility of coconut

Every single part of the coconut plant can be utilized:

  • The trunk can be used to make parquet floor tiles
  • The leaves to make hats, fences and roofing material
  • The husk of the dried fruit is used to make stuffing for bedding and cushions brushes, mats, fishnets, and rope.
  • The shell is used to make bowls, cups and jewelry

  • Coconut oil is extracted from the mature (white) flesh, an is also used to make an array of dishes.
  • The young fruit is full of water which is not only a refreshing drink but full of health benefits (some of which are described below)

Health benefits of coconut water

Palm Island Coconut Water

Coconut water is incredibly healthy and one of the best drinks to hydrate the body. Besides helping to remove toxins from the body and aiding digestion, coconuts have amazing anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that help to cure the disease. Coconut water is naturally low in Carbs, 99% fat free and low in sugar. It contains organic compounds with properties that are known to help:

  • Keep the body cool and at the proper temperature.
  • Orally re-hydrate your body; it is an all natural isotonic beverage.
  • Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells.
  • Naturally replenish your body's fluids after exercising.
  • Raise your metabolism.
  • Promote weight loss.
  • Boost your immune system.

  • Detoxify and fight viruses.
  • Cleanse your digestive tract.
  • Control diabetes.
  • Aid your body in fighting viruses that cause the flu, herpes, and AIDS.
  • Balance your PH and reduce risk of cancer.
  • Treat kidney and urethral stones.
  • Boost poor circulation.

"It's a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It's the fluid of life, so to speak." In fact, during the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water siphoned directly from the nut to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers.

More incredible facts about coconut water

  • Coconut Water is more nutritious than whole milk - Less fat and no cholesterol.
  • Coconut Water is healthier than orange juice - Much lower calories.
  • Coconut Water is better than processed baby milk - It contains lauric acid, which is present in human mother's milk.
  • Coconut water is naturally sterile. Water permeates though the filtering husk.

  • Coconut water is a universal donor. It is identical to human blood plasma.
  • Coconut Water is a Natural Isotonic Beverage - The same level that we have in our blood.
  • Coconut water has saved lives in 3rd world countries thru Coconut IV.

"Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically Pure, full of Natural Sugars, Salts, and Vitamins to ward off fatigue and is the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural", according to Mortin Satin, Chief of the United Nation's Food & Agriculture Organization.

  • Coconut water contains more potassium (at about 294 mg) than most sports drinks (117 mg) and most energy drinks.
  • Coconut water has less sodium (25mg) where sports drinks have around 41mg and energy drinks have about 200 mg.

  • Coconut water has 5mg of Natural Sugars where sports and energy drinks range from 10-25mg of Altered Sugars.
  • Coconut water is very high in Chloride at 118mg, compared to sports drinks at about 39mg.

Coconut oil which is made by boiling the liquid extracted from the hard white flesh contains saturated fats such as Palmitoleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Caproic Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid, and Lauric Acid. These are primarily medium chain fatty acids that are useful in combating energy malnutrition and fatigue. These fatty acids also have anti-oxidizing properties that help counter the effects of aging like macular degeneration and sagging skin.


Palm Island Coconut Programme

Commencing immediately we will start featuring coconut on our daily menus in the following ways:

Each day Tash will supply the kitchen with 24 dried coconut flesh
Chef Baka will do a weekly schedule of coconut items to be featured on the menu, which the pastry department will go by
Below is a list of breakfast, lunch and dinner items featuring coconut from which the chef can select for his weekly rotation.
   For breakfast a “coconut treasure basket” will be added to the buffet set-up with the selection for the day



(Some of these are from Jamaica and Sous Chef Loretta know how they are made)

  • Coconut gizzada (mini ones)
  • Coconut bread (“Toto” cut in squares)
  • Coconut tart (like plantain tart)
  • Toasted coconut chips sprinkled with Cinnamon and brown sugar
  • Coconut waffles/pancakes with shredded coconut topping
  • Coconut cup cake
  • Coconut raison bread (which they started already)
  • Coconut “Rundown with codfish & Dubois can be a featured hot item

Coconut waffle or pancake


Coconut “Toto"

Toasted cinnamon coconut w/ brown sugar

Coconut tart

Coconut muffin or cup cake


(Appetizer, entrée and dessert items)

  • Coconut rice & peas
  • Shrimp in coconut rundown sauce
  • Saltfish rundown with ground provisions
  • Coconut layer cake
  • White coconut Grater cake with rose water or pepper mint
  • Brown coconut Grater cake with ginger
  • Coconut macaroon
  • Coconut fudge (black or white chocolate)
  • Coconut “Drops”
  • Chocolate cake with coconut
  • Coconut cream pie
  • Coconut fudge

NB. Coconut items featured on the menu should have noted; “made with Palm Island coconut”

Coconut Rice & Peas

Coconut macaroon

Brown sugar grater cake with ginger

White sugar Grater cake with rose water or mint

Coconut Layer Cake

Shrimp in coconut rundown sauce

Chocolate cake with coconut topping

Coconut "Drops"

Coconut crème broulee

Coconut cream pie

Coconut fudge

These are just some examples of the vast array of things that can be done with coconut.

Eventually I plan to bottle and sell fresh coconut water in the boutique
Also to package and sell the various sweets that can be packaged for travel

So it’s over you the Grounds and Kitchen team to make this happen starting tomorrow October 18, 2013.