Coconut Brown (Husked)

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Seasons/Availability

Husked coconuts are available year-round.

Nutritional Value

Coconuts are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and manganese. They are also high in saturated fat but contain lauric acid which some studies show may act to reduce levels of bad cholesterol (LDL). Additionally, coconuts can provide up to 60% of the daily recommended allowance for copper, iron and zinc.

Storage

Unopened, a freshly husked coconut will keep at room temperature for several days. To store longer, it should be refrigerated or frozen for up to 3 months. If stored properly it can last even longer. Once opened and its flesh removed from the shell it is best kept covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Preparation

Coconuts should be chosen that are heavy for their size, have a round shape and no cracks or signs of mold. To open, use a hammer and screwdriver to puncture one or two of the eyes at the top of the coconut and drain out any liquid. The hard outer shell can then be cracked by tapping it with a hammer in multiple places until it splits open. The white flesh can then be removed from its shell using a knife or spoon. It can also be grated, shredded or pureed before being used in recipes.

Uses

Coconut is highly versatile and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. It can be added to stir-fries, curries and soups for an extra boost of flavour. In desserts, it can be used as a topping or mixed into batters for cakes and cookies. Coconut is also popularly used in breakfast dishes like pancakes and granola, as well as smoothies and milkshakes. Additionally, the oil from coconuts is great for cooking, baking and skincare.

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