Coconut Facts | Nutrition, Handling, Storage

About Brown Coconuts:

Traveling by ocean currents, coconuts have established themselves throughout the Indian Ocean, Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and numerous islands throughout the world. For thousands of years the palm and its fruit has provided food, drink, oil, fuel, housing, furniture and clothing for millions of people in tropical areas throughout the world.



Melissa's Quick Crack Coconuts are mature, dark brown fruit with a hard shell which has been scored for easier opening. Inside, the nuts have a fibrous, sweet and creamy meat, about 1/2 an inch thick, covered by a thin edible brown skin. Coconut meat can be eaten fresh, dried and used in baking, or pressed (where it is known as copra) and used to make milk. Grate or shred coconut meat and top a fruit salad, or use in baked goods and desserts.

How to Choose the Perfect Coconut:

1) Check the "Best By" date to ensure the coconut has not been sitting for too long.

2) Coconuts should be full of liquid, if not, they are not fresh.  Shake the coconut to make sure you can hear the water inside

3) Smell near the eyes on the coconut.. A fresh coconut should have a pleasant aroma not woody or moldy.

4)  Check the weight compared to other coconuts.  Look for a coconut that feels Heavy... if it's noticeably lighter than the others, it may not be fresh.

How to Open Brown (Quick Crack) Coconut:


Caution: Opening a coconut must be done by an adult on a hard surface and away from children for safety.

Tips for Produce Professionals:


1) Freshen up your coconut display daily.

2) Check the "Best By" date to ensure the coconut has not been sitting for too long.

3) Coconuts should be full of liquid, if not, they are not fresh.  Shake the coconut to make sure you can hear the water inside

4) Smell near the eyes on the coconut.  A fresh coconut should have a pleasant aroma not woody or moldy.

5) Check the weight compared to other coconuts.  Look for a coconut that feels heavy.  If it is noticeably lighter than the others, it may not be fresh.

6) To drain Water, using a heavy, cooking mallet, or the blunt side of a heavy knife’s blade, tap firmly along the equator.  As you tap, rotate the coconut in the palm of your hand. Coconut will begin to crack.

7) Continue to tap and rotate until the coconut shell is cracked all around. Once fully cracked all around, separate the coconut shell in two. Carefully pry out the flesh with a dull knife, or continue tapping the shell until it further breaks apart freeing the flesh.



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