In our humble opinion, coconuts are one of the most delicious and versatile fruits that ever fell from a tree. That’s right, coconuts are fruit! While coconuts aren’t at all nuts, their white flesh has a mildly nutty, creamy flavor that’s unlike any other fruit. Coconut flesh is firm yet pliant, which adds distinct texture and flavor to our favorite foods and beverages.
If you’ve only ever had coconut in processed candy form, you may be surprised by the flavor of fresh coconut. Unlike the super sweetness of popular coconut flavored foods, fresh coconut flesh has just a slight natural sweetness with a thick, leathery texture. The white flesh takes on a deeper flavor when its natural sugars are toasted in the cooking process.
Inside, coconuts have nearly a cup of 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.
Even though fresh coconut is one of life’s great pleasures, the shell can be a big barrier even for the biggest fruit fans. Your fellow coconut enthusiasts at FruitStand don’t want you to let a silly thing like a shell stop you from enjoying this special fruit! We’ve broken it down (pun intended) so that you’ll be a coconut cracking pro in no time. Keep reading to learn more!