Coconut Harvesting Techniques

What's the best way to pluck coconuts from palm trees? People must have pondered this question for millenia. Young green coconuts always have to be harvested, as you can't simply wait until they drop down on their own. Hence there are a number of tried and tested techniques and in some countries finding the correct method has become a science in its own right.

1. In India, for example, coconuts are often harvested manually. There is even a dedicated profession as a certified coconut climber who is trained at a coconut climbing academy specifically to harvest young coconuts. The Indian Coconut Ministry supports the plantation owners. Since the palms grow very tall, climbing can be a serious safety hazard, so standards and regulations have to be met. Often tools and appliances are used to help climbers ascend quicker and more safely. Fully trained coconut climbers can harvest up to 40 coconut palms per day.

2. In Southern Thailand and in some regions in Malaysia, monkeys are trained to harvest coconuts. Pig-tailed macaques are trained in special monkey training facilities. They learn to climb the trees and twist the nut until it drops to the ground. As entertainment for tourists and the population, annual competitions are held where the monkeys race each other to pluck as many coconuts as possible.

3. For the smaller dwarf coconut palms a special coconut harvesting tool is used, which works similarly to an old-fashioned apple picker. The following video shows how the coconuts are harvested in the Philippines using a coconut picker: