How to enjoy a green coconut

How to enjoy a green coconut

While you can buy packaged coconut water, green coconuts are a much fresher and more natural way to enjoy it.

A young green coconut contains about 11 ounces (325 ml) of refreshing water (11).

The water and meat are sterile until the coconut is opened, so it can be enjoyed without processing or preservatives (1, 2, 11).

If you choose a slightly more mature green coconut, you’ll find that the meat is much more tender than that of brown ones.

When choosing a green coconut, choose one that’s heavy (2).

When you shake it, you shouldn’t hear water sloshing around. That indicates that it’s full of water and still immature (2).

Green coconuts have a softer outer husk and inner shell, so they’re much easier to open than hard, brown ones.

To drink the water:

Pop off the petal-like top of the coconut with a knife.
Cut into and around the area that was covered with the petal. Alternatively, use a pointed coconut opener, and poke the end of it into the petal area and twist.
Pull the core out, and either drink the water through a straw or pour it into a glass.
To see whether your coconut has any meat, cut it in half lengthwise with a very sharp knife or cleaver. If there’s any meat, you’ll be able to scrape it out with a spoon.

Green coconut water and meat are a delicious and refreshing treat to eat right out of the coconut, or you can add them to a protein shake for a perfect post-workout recovery snack.

Delicate green coconut meat can also be used to make desserts like ice cream.

 

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