Tuesday, June 24, 2008

young coconuts

I had my very first brush with a young coconut today, I think I am in LOVE...
I scraped the meat out and put the juice and the meat in the blender and when it was combined I threw it into an ice cube tray in the freezer to save for smoothies. It is so delicious. 

Nutritional Benefits
Young coconuts are considered highly nutritious. One whole coconut has only 140 calories and provides 17% of the RDA for calcium. The total fat content is 3 grams, all saturated. With a zero content of cholesterol, the young coconut has 50 mg sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fiber,15 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. 

Young coconuts are sold still in the husk. You can recognize a young coconut by its pale, almost ivory color and by its conical shape at the top. Look for these in the refrigerated section or produce section of some health food and Asian markets. If you're surprised at how heavy they are, try pouring the coconut juice into a measuring cup--just make sure it's a large measuring cup.

Young coconuts are valued for their juice, but the coconut meat inside, which is often sweeter than that of the mature coconut, is completely edible and has a softer, more delicate consistency than a mature coconut. The very young coconut meat is almost jelly-like and can be eaten with a spoon.

Store young coconuts in the refrigerator.

More info here: http://www.vegparadise.com/highestperch58.html


Betsy said...

I am trying this frozen young coconut meat.

That is all.

sarabethxvx said...

Just make sure you sneak some of the juice to drink first... LIKE HEAVEN!