Under that thick, fibrous, brown oval husk,reaps the rewards of a vitamin-packed layer of edible white meat and sweet milky fluid within its central cavity. Whether shredded for a smoothie or salad, sipped for daily hydration or used as a cooking oil with endless health benefits—this versatile ingredient rich with minerals including iron, calcium and magnesium will have you climbing palms for a lovely bunch.

Macaroons Baked with love daily, pop a satisfyingly delicious confection on-the-go for an afternoon pick-me-up snack. Desiccated coconut and sweetened flaked coconut are key ingredients for these macaroons. Go coco crazy and grab a coconut latte while you’re at it at, $1.50 each. Pastry Art Bakery Cafe, 1512 Main St., Sarasota, 941-955-7545.  Snapper CevicheTry the snapper ceviche submerged in a sweet coconut mango broth—mixed with aji amarillo, avocado, cherry tomatoes, red shaved onions, red quinoa, red fresno chiles and cilantro, $18. Tommy Bahama, 300 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-388-2888.   Chilled and Toasted Coconut Ice Cream   Homemade toasted coconut ice cream slow-churned with coconut flakes and no flavor additives to be found—just real ingredients for the real coconut lovers, $4 one scoop cup/cone. Orange Octopus Ice Cream Co., 1220 Old Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, 941-346-0202.