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FOOD by KRISS on 18 november 2015

So I have always been wondering about coconuts ? What we know in Europe are small brown coconuts with hair on the outside.
They contain some water, when you shake them you can hear it and they have about 1cm thick of a hard white flesh.
I used to like them as a kid but as I grew up, I tend not to like the thickness and hardness of coconuts so much.
They have you chew a lot and it does not fill nice.

Then I discovered the green coconuts in Seychelles ! They provide you with a huge quantity of coconut water and you can then scoop out the tender soft jelly type flesh which is heaven !

I have been wondering for a long time if they were some different kind of coconuts.
Then I also tried orange coconuts in Seychelles and then I just lost it.

Today in Costa Rica, I finally have my answer !

I was so much looking forward to eating fresh coconuts again in Costa Rica that I had even planned to find a Ferreteria to buy a machete first thing.
Fortunately, the house where we stay has one and I will wait a little longer before buying one (by the way they are cheap around $6 a machete).

I set about finding fresh green coconuts here in Puerto Viejo and ended up buying a few from a street vendor and also harvesting a few on the beach myself.
I sampled them both and compared.
After a few coconuts I finally have the answer !

They are all the same ! It’s just a question of maturation.
So I am going to try to break down the coconut science for you :

- Coconut green on a tree : Will contain lots of water (a full tank) and it’s a little acid.
Does not contain any flesh whatever the size.

- Coconut green on the market : Will contain lots of water (a full tank) and is sweeter and sweeter with the aging.
Also it has more and more flesh with aging and that flesh is harder and harder.
So the right coconut is somewhere there when the flesh is still soft but there is plenty to scoop out with a spoon.

- Coconut brown.
I believe it is the actual nut there is inside the green envelope.
When you start peeling of the green envelope, you end up with a small white nut that resembles a brown coconut.
After some drying, I believe this is your coconut. - Coconut orange.
Well, coconut on trees will go orange at some point and the only one orange I ever had was freshly cut I believe because it barely had flesh and the water was very acid.

So this is my coconut science and discovery.
If I have made a mistake, know that I haven’t checked this with anyone or anything (including wikipedia).
And please feel free to correct me.

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