Coconuts. Those wonderfully tasty drupes have been prized for centuries. Drupes? Yep. Drupes. Coconuts are not nuts; they are classified as drupes. Coconuts and peaches are both drupes; meaning they have a fleshy fruit surrounding a central seed.

This vintage coconuts drawing is from the 1917 edition of The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture. It’s a black and white etching showing a pile of coconuts, some with the outer husk and some without.

coconuts drawing

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