Foodie Friday: Fresh Coconut Water

Coconut water: the yummy liquid inside a young coconut shell

young coconut

My favorite drink for the summertime? Coconut water. It’s actually known for keeping the body cool and regulating temperature.

There are benefits to drinking it, like the fact that it’s low in sugar. It’s also anti-viral and anti-microbial, making it a great elixir to battle against sickness. While growing up, I drank the canned version. There was an Asian grocery store right next to our family restaurant. I loved sneaking over to their refrigerated case and getting the juice with chunks of coconut in it.

As I’ve grown older, though, I don’t like the manufactured kind. I prefer the fresh version because there’s something addictive about the combination of tender coconut meat and the slightly sweet water. (Interested in how to open a young coconut? Watch this video.)

The nice thing about coconuts is that they can be harvested year-round. The trees can bloom up to thirteen times a year, constantly yielding fruit. And an average harvest yields 60 coconuts!

Fun fact: The word “coconut” comes from the Portuguese or Spanish coco, meaning “monkey face.”


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  1. Veronica Roth says

    Some of us love coconut water and some of us hate it. I think it might be one of those things. :D

  2. After my mom had a surgical complication of her intestinal tract, she required liquids with sodium in them. She didn’t like Pedialyte or Gatorade, but she really like coconut water. It was nice to have that option. I tried it though. Not for me. :)

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Glad it helped her. I think coconut water has also been used in the past for IV transfusions in really rare cases.

  3. When I went to Africa in the late 1980s, we could buy coconut water sold right from the opened coconut that fell on the beach. Young men were slicing the fruit open and we would drink from the shells. I had never been to such warm climates and I loved the refreshing relief that this fruit offered.

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