Friday, April 24, 2009

New Discovery: Young Coconuts

Yum. Yum. Yum. Right now I'm drinking a smoothie made with the meat of the first young coconut I've ever cracked. Well, technically Nathan cracked it, because my first few whacks with our huge axe knife thing weren't strong enough.

I'd never heard of "young" coconuts before we started our raw foods experiment, but they aren't what the average person would picture. The outside looks completely different and there is no milk inside, just water and "meat".

I was amazed at the amount of water inside of the thing - about a pint glass full. The coconut water is incredibly flavorful, so much so that I'd cut it with some regular water or lots of ice, and it tasted more like hazelnut than coconut. It'd probably make an excellent drink mixer!

Then there's the meat, which is bright white thick gelatinous stuff you scrape from the inside. It can be eaten alone, used in desserts, smoothies, or dehydrated into coconut flakes. Here's the recipe for the smoothie I'm loving right now, the coconut meat adds so much depth to the flavor and makes it creamy.

Coconut Orange Banana Smoothie:
-1 banana
-1 orange
-1/2 meat of one young coconut
-4 ice cubes

Blend until smooth.

At about $1.50 per coconut that gives you 2 servings of meat and 2 servings of water, these are a pretty good deal. Go to your local asian market and see if you can find them! Here is a link about how to crack and eat coconuts.



  1. I am so glad you posted the picture of the coconuts. I've seen these sunny shaped coconuts wrapped in plastic and never bought one becuase I wondered what was inside. In your pic, I can clearly see the meat and where the water is. Now I'm going to your link about opening them.

    Thanks--look out coconuts, here I come!

  2. oops--that was supposed to be "funny" shaped; not "sunny" shaped.

  3. Glad we could provide some useful info! I have another one of those coconuts still in the fridge right now, and think I'm gonna give the drink mixer idea a try tonight =).