It may surprise some people to know that coconuts aren’t considered nuts at all! In fact, these fuzzy fruits are botanically classified as drupes or stone fruit!
If you’ve only ever had coconut in processed candy form, you may be surprised by the mild, nutty flavor of fresh coconut. It has a slight natural sweetness with a firm texture. The white flesh takes on a deeper flavor when its natural sugars are toasted in the cooking process. Inside, coconuts have a lightly sweet water that contains tons of beneficial nutrients, known and loved for their superior hydrating properties. Only slightly more viscous than water, coconut water has a translucent white color.