What are big, brown, and hairy? Coconuts! The edible fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), a tree of the palm family. This versatile crop has a wide range of uses; coconut flesh is high in fat and can be dried or eaten fresh or processed into milk or oil. The liquid found in young coconuts is known as coconut water and makes a delicious and refreshing beverage noted for its hydrating properties.