Every morning, as the sun begins to rise, Mangangarits (coconut harvesters) start their climb among acres of the abundant coconut trees of the Philippines islands. Watching Mangangarits work is reminiscent of watching trapeze artists at a circus. The average coconut trees are 30 feet in height and are connected by thin bamboo bridges, one to walk on and another to hold onto. Mangangarits climb from tree to tree collecting sap/nectar into a steel container strapped to their back. A sickle on hand is the tool used to prune the coconut flowers every afternoon making sure the precious nectar flows into the container overnight.
The Tree of life
With so many uses for every part of the coconut, there's no wonder why the coconut palm tree is known as "the tree of life." The coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. The coconut is staple food that has sustained many generations around the world. The coconut's meat, milk, water and oil contribute naturally toward health and beauty, and can often be found in many of theses type of products, which makes this refreshing delicacy that much more intriguing.