- "Miss, I’m Captain Jack Sparrow, and I wish to apologize for my clumsy crewman. He should know better than to spend the afternoon drinking and spending all his money on rum. If you will please wait here, I shall give him some coins and send him back to the market, so I might make good on the damage he caused you and your coconut."
- ―Jack Sparrow to Ayisha
The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which, botanically, is a drupe, not a nut. The spelling cocoanut is an archaic form of the word. The term was derived from 16th century Portuguese and Spanish coco, meaning "head" or "skull", from the three small holes on the coconut shell that resemble human facial features, giving name to a bugbear.
The coconut could be found anywhere in the tropic and subtropic areas like Africa and the Caribbean. On one occasion, when he was on Isla Cruces, Jack Sparrow used a coconut to hit Hadras, which resulted in the latter's head popping off. While infiltrating Singapore, the innovative crew led by Hector Barbossa made coconut helmets with bamboo breathing pipes to allow them to get past the East India Trading Company agents without being detected.
Behind the scenes
- The final location in Kauai, Hawaii before the production of On Stranger Tides moved to Oahu was the shuttered remains of the legendary Coco Palms Hotel near Kapa'a, one of the primary locations for Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii and the very place where he sang the title song in that early '60s classic. Director Rob Marshall and company shot in the vast coconut grove for which the hotel was named, with 773 palms harvested before filming to prevent the heavy fruits from falling on the hapless heads of cast and crew. The harvested coconuts were then taken by local residents to take full advantage of the nourishing meat and milk of the tropical fruits.
- For filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Kauai, shooting in paradise certainly charmed the cast. "On my first day of shooting in the jungle," recalled actor Sam Claflin, "we were waiting for the camera to set up. Malcolm, one of the pirates from Hawaii, picked up a coconut which had fallen off a palm tree, took one of his prop swords, and whacked it open. Soon we were all drinking coconut milk, right there on location. Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in my life, and I feel blessed for the opportunity to work there."
- In a deleted/extended scene for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, upon finding the Kraken dead, Pintel told Ragetti that they could "carve miniature Krakens out of coconuts" and sell them. This was included in the film's junior novelization.
- One of the quests in Pirates of the Caribbean Online requires a player to recover 8 coconuts from barrels in Fort Dundee on Padres Del Fuego.
- The Price of Freedom
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (video game)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)