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coconut question...

I’m new to raw and not exactly sure which kind of coconuts are edible. Is it okay to eat the brown hairy ones? Help please?!


  • Where I live there are not young coconuts so i only it the brown ones. There is no problem with them. I suppose that young coconuts would be lighter.

  • brown coconuts are fine if you are just using the milk out of them but extremely hard to get the meat out….there are not young coconuts where I live either but, I quickly learned if you will talk to your produce man about ordering a case of young Thai coconuts then they will usually do that for you….they do it for me at H.E.B all the time….I usually pay about $12.00 for a case and there are 9 in a case. I hope that helps:)

  • Rawmonalisa~ Where do you live to get such a great price??? I didn’t recognize the initals, where you buy the young coconuts…

  • It’s a grocery store chain here in Texas:) It’s named after the man who started them:)

  • They are both perfectly edible and delicious. Young coconuts have a soft meat, a sweet juice, and are low in fat and calories… great for ice creams, smoothies, and snacks. Mature (brown hairy) coconuts have dense hard meat and a more neutral tasting juice they are much higher in fat and calories… great for shredded coconut, coconut butter, and snacks. If you look on you tube there are some great videos showing how to open both varieties. I don’t find mature coconuts to be too difficult to work with as long as you know some tricks ;)

  • oh my gosh, i just bought a case of young coconuts and it was 26 bucks…it used to cost 15 or so and now i guess with the fuel price increasing, it’s hittin’ food prices hard. but i’ll tell ya what, 2 1/2 bucks a day to partake in a young coconut is worth it.

  • Blue_EyesBlue_Eyes Raw Master

    My store just kind of looks at me funny when I request things,they are very polite but nothing ever comes in, actually they are getting rid of more and more of the things I buy and so I have to travel to get things In case I do find a way to get young coconuts, how long do they last? 9 sounds like a lot to get at one time, how fast do you need to use them?

  • rawmonalisa~ Well now, would you believe my GF coop called and the young coconut arrived, they are 3 dollars a piece so a case is $27.00… I need to move to Texas… GRIN I bought 4 and have used 2, love the water… Can anyone tell me how to make coconut butter??? I used my food processor and it didn’t seem to make butter… Maybe I was expecting too much, as these are my first fresh coconuts… Any advise???

    Blue_Eyes~ My information says they last for about a month…

  • I have yet to find young coconuts. The brown hairy ones just don’t seem worth it. I nearly kill myself trying to get into them – after I finally get it open, most of the coconut milk is all over the kitchen counter – then it’s really hard to get the meat out – gesh!! Is there anyone in Ontario who knows a store that carries the young ones?

  • FYI, folks: You may already know this but I read that the young coconuts that are sold already husked and cut into a wedge shape are dipped in formaldehyde. After eating a few of them and noticing that they had a slight formaldehyde smell and taste, I figured “oh what do I know…I’ve never eaten raw coconut before. I guess that is just the way it tastes.” But I asked my husband if he noticed it and he said “Yeah, I know what you’re talking about, it does a little.” So I googled “formaldehyde, coconut” and found that they are dipped in formaldehyde to prevent them from spoiling! So we have to find the green, whole young coconuts.

  • WinonaWinona Raw Newbie

    The formaldehyde thing is a rumor, with no proof to back it up.

    here is what Matt Amsden says about it: “There was absolutely no indication whatsoever that the Thai Coconut samples provided to Michelson Laboratories was ever in contact with formaldehyde.

    We were excited! Not only could we continue to enjoy Thai Coconuts but we also had definitive proof that the formaldehyde scare was nothing more than rumor.

    It is my sincere hope that in the future, our raw food communities will not fall prey to lies and made-up stories. These rumors divide rather than unite and spread fear rather than information. “

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