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How to Select Coconuts


When picking a mature coconut, look for whole coconuts with a hard, woody shell. Choose a whole coconut that seems heavy for its size and give it a little shake to hear the water inside.Choose a whole coconut that seems heavy for its size and give it a little shake to hear the water inside. If it sounds empty, it may indicate that the coconut has been on the shelf for too long or that the juice has leaked out of the coconut’s eyes. Look at the three coconut “eyes” and check for darkness or moldiness. The coconut eyes should be brown, only slightly darker than the rest of the coconut, and clean (free of debris or mold).


trimmed-husk-young-coconut-600Young coconuts are about the size of a basketball and are slightly oblong. They’re typically trimmed down, their green outsides are cut away, leaving a much smaller beige coconut with a pointed top. They tend to be wrapped in plastic to prevent them from drying out. It’s hard to tell when those coconuts are best for eating, but if there is anything left of the husk, check to see that it is white rather than dry and brown. The brown colour occurs from an exposure to air and is a sign that the fruit might be past its peak.

How to Store Coconuts

Whole, fresh mature coconuts last for about a week on the counter, or 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator. Homemade roasted coconut lasts about 2-3 months on the counter (or in the fridge).

Young coconuts are best enjoyed within a week of purchase from the store. Keep it refrigerated, in the same packaging from the store, until you are ready to use it.

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