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Without the coconut, things in Sri Lanka would be very different. Not only is it the main ingredient in most Sri Lankan dishes, but the entire coconut tree—from the roots to the coconut itself to the leaves—plays a major role in the non-culinary ways of life as well.

We spent the day with a family of eight on their coconut plantation outside Negombo, where they showed us all the coconut has to offer. We were inspired by the family's resourcefulness and were delighted to eat it in rice, sambal, roti and all that contained this miraculous fruit.

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Video created in partnership with Intrepid Travel
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