Dole Fresh Young Coconut
Dole brings their delicious fresh Young Coconuts from the Philippines. Coconuts are the fruit of the coconut palm, which in some ancient languages is referred to as ‘the tree, which gives all that is necessary for living’. Even today in tropical countries around the world, the coconut palm has many uses, including milk, flesh, oil, and fibre. Actually a coconut is not really a nut at all, it is botanically classified as a ‘drupe’ in which the ‘coconut’ is in fact a huge seed.
Dole Young Coconuts are harvested early when the shells are still green, usually between 6 and 9 months. This green shell is then cut away to reveal the white husk. Inside this is the coconut shell we are familiar with, but it is much less mature, paler, and is not quite as hard. Each Young Coconut contains about 2 cups of water and has a thin layer of soft delicate flesh, which can be eaten just as it is or added to salads, stir fries, baked goods or blended with the coconut water for a healthy smoothie.
How to select
Dole Young Coconuts are sold chilled. They should feel heavy, have a firm white exterior and be sealed in plastic wrap, and carry the Dole Young Coconut label.
How to store
Dole Young Coconuts should be kept sealed in their package and refrigerated until ready to serve. They can be stored un-opened for several weeks at a temperature of 2-4 degrees Celsius.
Preparing Dole Young Coconut at home
To open your Dole Young Coconut, we recommend that you leave the plastic wrap on the coconut and wipe with a clean cloth. Then take a sharp knife and shave off the husk at the pointed end until you expose the hard round shell of the top of the coconut. Using the heel of the knife, firmly strike the coconut about 2.5 cms below the top, piercing the shell. Using the heel or wide part of the knife blade, move up and down to lever the top from the coconut. If all of the husk has been removed, the top should pop off in a circle. You can then pour out the fresh water and scoop out the soft flesh with a spoon. Also search other ways to ‘open a drinking coconut’ on www.youtube.com