Water Coconuts are young & used primarily for their juice and not the coconut meat. They're what you get when you pick a coconut off the tree at a very young age. Coconut water is great when you're very thirsty and you want that perfect electrolyte pick-me-up.
Scientific Binomial Name: Cocos nucifera
Water coconut can contain over two quarts of juice if you're thirsty, but don't buy them for the coconut meat.
Selection & Storage:
Choose any green-looking, heavy coconuts for their size at exotic markets or road side stands in tropical countries around the world.
Avoid coconuts that are too brown as the content inside may have already matured into a thick meat. Also beware of light coconuts that may have been inadvertently cracked and drained of their water.
All year in tropical areas
Coconut Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 11 Fl Ounces
Amount Per Serving
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Source: PMA's Labeling Facts
Nutrition for coconuts is off the map! Potassium, lauric acid, Zero cholesterol, less fat than whole milk, a small amount of natural sugars, and very little sodium, - all wrapped up into a liquid that has the electrolyte equivalent of our own blood plasma.
Coconut water is a great liquid to add to a juiced blend of carrots and ginger, or just the sweetness that you might require in order to stomach a shot of wheat grass.
Coconut Tips & Trivia
- The longer a coconut stays on the tree the more it matures.The more a coconut matures the greater the amount of meat inside.
- Try to find an expert to get the husk off for you or buy it already removed, as this is an acquired skill