Coconut is the fruit of coconut palm, which is the most cultivated world-wide. It’s a tropical fruit. When they lower it from the palm, it has a smooth, thick and woody first shell (bark), green with some dark spots. Peeling it looks like in the picture.
It shows when it’s full, in the amount of water it has inside. When you shake it, the more water it sounds, the more tender and fresh it is.
-If portioning is purchased, its pulp must be firm non-tender.
-White Color (not cream or yellowish) and not greasy.
-Fresh smell (not strong or stale).
In the market it is dehydrated, grated or confit. (see dehydrated).
When you go to buy the product in the supermarket, we recommend:
- Observe that the display site is clean and adequately refrigerated.
- Choose the products, preferably in this order: vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheeses and dairy in general, after the products of pantry, but before the meats, poultry, fish and shellfish.
-For confectionery in general and also in salty preparations. –alone, or as an ingredient to prepare the typical “coconut rice” of our Colombian coast. In the “rice pudding” and grated coconut for confectionery. -Coconut milk, sweets, ice creams, beverages and cocktails. -Fillings for chocolates and bonbons, among others. –In biscuits, cakes, tarts, desserts, mousse and confectionery in general. -Drinks and cocktails.
If it is going to be consumed soon, it is peeled, opening the eyes (dimples) that it has in one of the ends with a sharp object and to extract its water. Smash into pieces giving heavy blows and extract their white pulp. Place in a container with drinking water, cover and refrigerate. Change the water every 2 days. After peeling you can also scratch and portion in closed plastic bags and freeze.
At room temperature, in cold and whole climate with its water inside, 8 days. Refrigerated, 8-10 days approximately or more if water is changing. Frozen, 2 months or more. Its duration also depends on the freshness at the time of your purchase.
Freeze. Cool. Temp.
Duration: 2 months approx.
8-10 days approx. 8 days approx.
Do not expose it to the sun’s rays. Never remove water and leave it unattended, peeled and refrigerated.
Nutrients and properties:
The coconut,-is a fruit rich in iron (blood), phosphorus and potassium and important minerals in the formation of bones such as calcium. -Also great fiber content (laxative) Good to reduce bad cholesterol and control blood sugar, ideal for diabetics. -but for people with cardiovascular diseases, it is not advisable, because it contains saturated fats. -Vitamins E and C (antioxidants).
Periodically check the status of the product to be able to consume it in time.