Young Coconuts are mainly used for coconut water but the soft, sweet, delicate meat is also a real treat. 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, or the nut. Crack that open and you'll get to the sweet, refreshing coconut water. Also available in organic.
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How to Open a Young Coconut
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Not to be confused with coconut milk, coconut water is a clear, sweet, crisp, and refreshing liquid. It is a great natural substitute for soft drinks, sugary juices, or sports drink if you enjoy the flavor.
How to Open
Put a towel underneath the cutting board to prevent slipping and to protect the kitchen counter. Hold coconut on its side on the cutting board. Score around the “lid,” the spot about 2/3 down from the top of the pointed end of the coconut, using the heel of a large knife (the angled 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 a spoon to scoop out the 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. Got pink water? Totally fine! It’s just the juice oxidizing.
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.