What Is it?
The clear liquid inside young coconuts (fruits of the coconut palm).
The younger coconut is, the less “meat” it has and the more liquid it contains. As the fruit matures, the coconut water is replaced by the coconut meat and air.
Coconut water has been a popular drink in the tropics (Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands such as Hawaii, Africa and the Caribbean) for quite some time now since it is most available fresh, canned, or bottled for a long time.
Ways coconut water is drank around the world.
- Asian coconuts usually have the outer green husk removed, and the remainder wrapped in plastic.
- In the Caribbean, Central America and some areas of South America, (particularly places close to the coastline) coconuts are sold in highway stops as well as on beaches and are cut in front of customers to guarantee the coconut water’s freshness.
- Coconut water can also be found canned, in tetra paks, or plastic bottles (sometimes with pieces of coconut pulp or coconut jelly included).
- In the recent years that it has become popular it has been marketed as a natural sports drink due to its high potassium and mineral content.
- During the Pacific War of 1941-45 coconut water was used regularly directly from the fruit as emergency plasma transfusions to its wounded soldiers from both sides of the conflict.
- There have been many cases where coconut water has been used as an intravenous hydration fluid in developing countries where medical saline was unavailable.