What is a Young Coconut?
- Young Coconuts are mainly used for their juice, or coconut water. They are harvested young and their green outer skin is pared away to a white cylindrical husk with a pointy, pencil-like tip. Inside the white husk is the familiar round coconut with its hard, fibrous shell. Inside the shell is a cavity filled with sweet, refreshing coconut water (juice) and a thin layer of soft, jelly-like flesh.
- Also available in organic.
How to Open a Young Coconut
- Put towel underneath cutting board to prevent slipping and to protect kitchen counter. Hold coconut on its side on cutting board. Score around the “lid,” the spot about 2/3 down from the top of the point end of the coconut, using heel of a large knife (the angle end of the blade closest to the handle). Continue to score with force until you get through to the water. Set coconut upright and lift up lid. Stick in straw and enjoy right away, or pour coconut water into pitcher or glass. Use spoon to scoop out flesh. (Watch the video below!)
- Coconut water can be enjoyed as a healthy beverage or added to recipes. Once you’ve enjoyed your fill of fresh coconut water, scoop out the soft flesh that clings to the inside of the shell. Dice it into fruit salads, blend into shakes and smoothies, etc.
- Not to be confused with coconut milk, coconut water is the clear, sweet, crisp and refreshing liquid. It is a great natural substitute to soft drinks, sugary juices, or sports drink if you enjoy the flavor.
How to Choose
- Choose heavy coconuts with no cracks, mold or soft wet spots. If you give the Young Coconut a shake, it should be full of liquid with no air inside, so it shouldn’t slosh much.
How to Store
- Keep refrigerated, wrapped in plastic to retain moisture, and use within five days.
When are they in season?
Where are they grown?
- Thailand and Vietnam
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