- 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.
Quick Usage Ideas
- 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 known for its amazing hydrating abilities. Coconut water is naturally fat-free and contains an excellent balance of potassium and salt that can replenish your electrolytes during a sweltering day or strenuous work-out.
Selection & Storage
- 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. Keep refrigerated, wrapped in plastic to retain moisture, and use within five days.