View Full Version : Young Coconut question
12-30-2004, 12:05 PM
My grocery store has two kinds of coconuts labelled "young coconut." One is the white one with the pointy top, but the other one looks like a mature coconut, with the fiberous husk, but it's light brown (instead of dark brown). I always buy the white one, but the brown one is 60 cents cheaper. Is it the same as the white, but with the outer layer removed? I'll probably buy one for comparison, but thought I'd ask here first!
Sharon in Colorado
12-30-2004, 12:42 PM
Get the one with the pointy top. Those are your true Thai Young Coconuts.
Most grocery stores sell old and not-so-old coconuts and they are both hairy and brown, one darker and one lighter. The water in them is not sweet at all and the fat content is super high.
12-30-2004, 01:04 PM
i just bought the other kind with the light brown almost white husk but not pointy and I found it to be almost the same as some of the pointy ones. The pointy ones I have found vary soooo much, sometimes there is just the thinnest tiniest film of coconut flesh and other times it can be very thick. In general I think you have more of a chance to get the younger ones if you buy the pointy top but the other kind I thought the water was pretty good too. Hopefully you bought one for comparison so you can tell us what ya think. How much do they cost btw? I have been buying them buy the case for pretty cheap but if you buy them individually it can be anywhere from 1.25 to 2.50 depending on where you buy it from.
12-30-2004, 01:11 PM
The white ones are 1.59 and the light brown ones are .99. I haven't had the time to check out local Asian stores, but living in Oakland, I'm sure I can get them cheaper!
01-11-2005, 11:13 AM
even if they are somewhat different, i would go for the light brown ones over ones that are truly white. admittedly, the pointy ones are what you think of as young coconuts....but, if they are truly white on the outside, versus a beigey-tanish-brown, then that means that it has been dipped in formaldehyde to preserve the color b/c without that it will turn color a bit, and not stay white.
just an fyi.
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