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Nuts for Coconuts
updated: Dec 20, 2013, 10:44 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

I just had a really good coconut yesterday and now I want more. Where can I get them in Goleta? How can I tell if they're good or not?

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 COMMENT 478913 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 11:19 AM

This is a great question!

 

 COMMENT 478914 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 11:21 AM

Indo China Market

 

 COMMENT 478920 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 11:46 AM

Is coconut heavy for its size relative to the others at the store?
Can you hear the water sloshing around inside?

Yes + Yes = Buy

 

 SAILOR agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:11 PM

Only once I put the lime in the coconut do I know if it's good.

 

 COMMENT 479048 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 05:28 PM

Amazon... and I don't mean the S. American kind. Seriously, I just did a Google check and you can buy de-husked coconuts in packs of three. Ain't cheap though.

 

 COMMENT 479080 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 07:13 PM

Grocery stores usually have them, but either Indo China or the Asian market in old town near Velo Pro (forget what its called) will have better ones.

For a different taste, try young coconut. They have a pale tan soft husk on the outside instead of the hard brown shell. There is a shell, but fairly soft. They have less overall flavor, but are very tender and tasty. The Asian markets have these.

 

 COMMENT 479108 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 08:30 PM

Santa Cruz market. You just have to try them to see if they are goodi guess.

 

 COMMENT 479122P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 09:28 PM

Coconuts take about one year to fully ripen. The water converts to the white nut meat lining around the inside of the shell. Coconuts are often harvested a month or two before they fully ripen, when the nut meat is still soft and can be scooped with a spoon.

Color
The color of the coconut husk is also a good indication of ripeness. The husk slowly turns to brown as the fruits mature. At peak maturity, when the coconut meat has hardened, the outer husk is solid brown throughout.

Shaking
Fully ripened, coconuts make no sound when you hold them up to your ear and shake. Coconuts at six to seven months contain mostly coconut water, so you hear a lot of water sloshing inside the shell. If you want to eat the fresh coconut with a spoon, wait until you can hear water sloshing around but the sound is somewhat deadened as a result of the developing layer of nut meat. You can also tap on the outside of the coconut with your finger. If the tapping sounds hollow, the coconut is fully ripe.

 

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