All About
Coconuts


I get asked about where pick-your-own coconuts are available.  Well, if you look at the photo at right, which shows how coconuts are harvested, you'll quickly realize the answer is "nowhere!" At least not commercially.

But this does not mean that you cannot purchase coconuts directly from the growers, at a better proice, selection and quality.  So let's look at what is available and where.

There are several principal types of coconuts avaailble to purchase:

Young Green Coconuts
Green coconuts are coconuts that are not fully mature.  They have a large quantity of water (which many people like to drink) and a soft pulp, which is used for cooking to give light coconut taste to drinks and candies.
young green coconut 
Brown Mature Coconuts
Ripe coconuts are removed from their husks (not easy to do by hand) to reveal the nut inside. Brown coconuts have very little water, but the meat is sweeter and more solid. The meat is is used in candies, shaved and sold in packages and can be substituted for nuts and almonds in many recipes. The husk is used in the manufacture of ropes, belts, carpets, and hats .Even the coconut shell itself is used to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets, cups, bowls and buttons.
Trimmed coconuts
In many Asian markets throughout the world, you can find young coconuts which have the husks trimmed to protect and preserve the coconut inside, while providing easier access to it by the consumer.
young shaved coconuts

Nutritional Content of Coconuts

Nutrition value of Coconut meat, per 100 g

Energy 22 Calories
Protein 0.2 g
Fat 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 4.5 g
Fiber - g
Minerals
Calcium 24 mg
Phosphorus 18 mg
Iron 0.3 mg
Potassium - mg
Magnesium - mg
Vitamin
Total Vitamin - I.U.
B1(Thiamine - mg
B2(Riboflavin) - mg
B1+B2 - mg
C 3 mg
Niacin - mg

Sources of coconuts 

Coconuts are grown in semi tropical and tropical zones (think the southern tip of Florida, India, Singapore, Thailand, Mayalasia, etc. There are also grown organically coconuts, grown without any pesticides or chemicals.

Florida:

Florida Coconuts

Brazil:

From Alibaba

Thailand:

See this wholesaler

All countries:

Again, Alibaba

Bulk prepared coconut:

If you are looking for coconut that has been prepared, like shaved coconut, dried coconut, coconut sugar, coocnut flour, cubed coconut meat, etc. See this website.


References:

Nutrition:

Coconut water, USDA

Coconut meat, raw, USDA