Curious Curios: March 25, 2014 Reveal

It’s Thursday – find out if you were right about this week’s Curious Curio!

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What are coconut shells doing at a site in the Upper West Side of NYC?  It turns out coconuts were imported into New York for various uses – coconut oil is nourishing to the skin and used for cooking oil; coconut water is extremely hydrating; and grated coconut was used in baking fairly often.  Since colonial times, coconuts were exotic treats shipped North from the West Indies region, although they didn’t fare very well on long journeys until the mid 1800s, making them more popular in Southern American cuisine than that of the Northeast.

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