View Full Version : Mold on Coconuts
08-22-2007, 06:56 PM
I just bought them Monday, and today I noticed a few of them have mold spots on the outside. Do you think they're still ok on the inside, or would you chuck them?
08-22-2007, 06:57 PM
I'd crack 'em open and see.
08-22-2007, 07:06 PM
OK--should I look for anything in particular? I have limited experience with young coconuts.
08-22-2007, 07:11 PM
more than likely - they're okay on the inside... If they smell funny, look strange or taste bad (a tiny sample on the tip of your tongue ~ not eat a whole piece... jes a sample!) ...
if you have any question - then chuck em! Not worth getting sick over. Or if you're close enough to the place where you got them you could always return them or ask their opinion! :D
08-22-2007, 08:33 PM
The coconut has a good shell that is resistant to humans trying to open them and anything else that might effect the inside. I have found that the test for good / bad in a young coconut is the taste of the juice or water inside. The first thing I do is make a small hole in the coconut and put a straw thru the hole and take a slight sip of the juice being ready to spit it out if it does not taste right. Almost always they taste just fine even with mold on the surface outside the shell. Two times out of all the coconuts I have gotten I have had to throw them away because the taste of the juice was sour, it had a vinagar like taste to it. It should have a very pleasant and somewhat sweet taste.
08-22-2007, 09:20 PM
Thanks! That's exactly what I thought but was cautious to assume. Normally I'm very wasteful :o and have been known to toss food out at the slightest hint of spoilage. But, the shell is so thick and seemingly impervious to most things that I thought I should at least try them before tossing such an expensive item.
I did taste test all of them, and they seem fine. I now have the meat floating in the water in sealed tupperware containers. For how long should it last this way?
08-22-2007, 09:31 PM
I did taste test all of them, and they seem fine. I now have the meat floating in the water in sealed tupperware containers. For how long should it last this way?I have never tried to store the coconuts once I have punctured the shell. I have always opened them and consumed them all at once. Possibly someone else has tried storing them after they are opened ?
08-22-2007, 09:38 PM
I know at least one will be gone by tomorrow because that's going into a smoothie. I plan to (if it's ok) use one container per day until all three are gone. Maybe tomorrow I will also make a dessert with one of the containers. Hmmmm.
08-22-2007, 11:36 PM
I always froze mine.
Also have gotten many bad young coconuts. . . where the meat is grey inside. . . yech! Maybe it is the Arizona heat that gets to them very quick. I stopped buying them for a long time because most of them were bad. I just bought some today and will process them tomorrow and freeze the meat and milk for a recipe.
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