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Why Has It Taken Me This Long To Discover Young Coconuts?

Posted Feb 10 2009 10:15am

thai young coconut I was almost jumping for joy when I found young coconuts at Coles supermarket just down the road from where I live.

While I was living in North America I learned how coconuts are a superfood and how beneficial drinking the water out of a young coconut is (and how amazing coconut kefir can be, but more about that later). So of course I was very worried that this superfood would not be available to me when I got home to Australia. But there they were, sitting proudly in the fruit and veggie section of my local supermarket, Thai young coconuts!

One coconut costs just over AU$3 which is expensive in comparison to how much a carton costs in the US, but I’m just happy they’re here because they’re a very important element in the Body Ecology Diet. I’m even considering driving to Coles tomorrow and buying the entire lot they have in stock because they last for a couple of months in the fridge …although I don’t think they’d all fit!

What’s all this fuss about young coconuts??

If you can get your hands on these coconuts, I highly recommend it for your health and wellbeing. I recently read a story about a woman who healed her stomach cancer in Mexico from eating young coconut flesh and drinking its water. She didn’t even know she was healing her cancer by consuming the coconuts, that was just all her delicate stomach could handle while she was on an extended holiday there. But when she returned to the US and got a checkup, the doctors were shocked to discover her to be cancer free. She went straight back to Mexico and bought a coconut farm!

Now I think in her case the cure was also due to her frame of mind on her holidays in Mexico. But I have no doubt that the coconuts have a lot to do with it.

Here is a list of benefits you can get from adding young coconuts to your diet -

  • Young coconuts are very high in B vitamins (which a lot of us seem to be lacking in)
  • The water is also very high in minerals, particularly calcium, magnesium and potassium
  • High in fibre
  • The highest form of electrolytes in nature, and even higher than sports drinks! Electrolytes are ionized salts in our cells, that transport energy throughout the body. This makes it an awesome drink for athletes or even just after we’ve done exercise or had a workout
  • The water of young coconuts is completely sterile and so close to the structure of human blood that it can be transfused directly. In fact, they were regularly used during WW II for wounded soldiers when blood plasma was low.
  • The water only contains a fifth of the sugar found in fruit juices so it’s a great alternative to OJ.
  • It is effective in relieving dehydration, fatigue, constipation, and other digestive disturbances, kidney and bladder disorders, and vision problems such as glaucoma and cataract.
  • Research shows that coconut water can improve blood circulation, lower elevated blood pressure, and reduce risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Honestly, there are so many other health benefits. Even on the weekend I found a book at an organic farmers market in Brisbane that was all about the healing power of young coconuts, an entire book!

But hold on, what does it taste like?

This is down to personal opinion. While I don’t LOVE the taste, I don’t dislike it either and the more I drink it the more I seem to enjoy it. It has a very sweet and slightly coconut-nutty flavor to it. The consistency is slightly thicker than water.

Put it this way - if it wasn’t so incredibly healthy for you I probably wouldn’t buy them, but because they’re so good for you I’d be happy to drink the water out of one of these coconuts every day.

But make sure you also scoop out and eat the flesh, because I hear the flesh of a young coconut is ten times better for you than the water. And you can blend the water and flesh together to make a complete young coconut drink.

How to open a young coconut

They can be a little tricky to crack into so I was a little nervous the first time I opened one. But they’re nowhere near as difficult to open as a mature coconut.

I found this video on YouTube which made it quite easy to open -

Where to buy young coconuts

I bought my young coconut from Coles supermarket in Australia, but they’re not there all the time so you have to be lucky with the timing. Coles was supplied by a company from Sydney called Sunny Park Produce, so if you’re in Sydney, lucky you can visit the markets to get your supply. Asian supermarkets often stock them too, regardless of what country you live in, so check there to see if you can buy a whole case at a discount rate.

And of course many health stores (especially in North America) now stock them all the time. I’m yet to see them in the health stores in Brisbane because I think organic young coconuts are impossible to buy here. But I’ll keep asking and keep looking.

Also make sure you don’t confuse young coconuts with mature ones. Young coconuts are either green (like in the photo) or white (like in the video) on the outside. The one I bought had the outer green shell removed so it was white.

I got an excited phone call from a friend the other night who was convinced he’d found young coconuts for me at an Asian supermarket in Brisbane. When he told me that the shell was brown I knew it wasn’t a young coconut, but HE was so sure it was so he bought two. When I visited the next day to check the coconuts out, they were definitely not young coconuts. And when we opened them up and tasted the water inside and ate the flesh, it tasted completely different to a young coconut. Mature coconuts are actually quite sour.

So if you find somewhere that stocks young coconuts in your local area, lucky you! And if you’ve never tried one before, go for it. A coconut a day will give you amazing health benefits :)

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