Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Fresh Coconut Water

What can be more perfect to drink on a hot day & our body is feeling the heat all too much?

"Coconut water is the liquid endosperm inside young coconuts. As the coconut matures this liquid largely becomes absorbed into the flesh found in mature coconuts. Coconut water has long been a popular drink in the tropics, especially in Tropical Asia and Trinidad & Tobago, where it is available fresh or bottled. It is naturally fat-free and low in food energy (16.7 calories or 70 kJ per 100 g). Due to its sterility, pH, mineral, and sugar content, coconut water had been successfully used as liquid in intravenous therapy in emergency situations [citation needed].
Coconuts for drinking are packaged and sold in many places. These are typically Thai coconuts whose outer green husk has been removed, and the remainder wrapped in plastic. Coconut water can also be found in regular cans or tetra paks (and often has coconut pulp or coconut jelly added) and is also marketed as a sports drink because of its high potassium and mineral content which helps the body recover from rigorous exercise."

In Penang, coconut water can be found easily. But please take note. Fresh coconut means it shd be served with the outer green husk like in the picture! It is priced between RM1.50-2.00 each. Young coconuts will have a thin and watery layer of meat which the more mature coconuts will have thicker layer of meat!

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