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MAKAPUNO-A Gelatinous Mutant Coconut Variety

Makapuno is a mutant type of coconut, the endosperm of Makapunois thicker and softer instead of crispy (Ohler, 1999). It is used for making ice cream, confectioneries, candies, sweetmeats and other food products. The embryo of makapuno cannot germinate in situ. It is either seed propagated from the normal nut of makapuno bearing palmsor through embryo culture technique. The Makapuno is highly valued coconut varieties in the South East Asia particularly in Philippines and Thailand because of its rare occurrence. There is a huge commercial potential for Makapuno nuts for new and diversified food and specialty items.