Can you eat coconut skin?

In this short article, we will answer the question, “Can you eat coconut skin?” with an in-depth analysis of the brown skin of coconut. Moreover, we will discuss whether coconut skin is edible or not, how we can use the coconut, what are the possible ways of eating coconut, along with the supplements and beneficial components of coconut.

Can you eat coconut skin?

Yes, the peel of coconut is edible. It is full of nutritional supplements. These supplements include a good content of magnesium, fibre, and many other healthy nutrients which are good for the healthy maintenance of life.

Coconut

Coconut is a whole nut with a smooth outer covering, the peel on the most outer side of the coconut is removed before shipping. The peel of coconut which is hairy in structure is considered as a seed, while inside the coconut consists of a refreshing liquid that is not so much sweeter.

The liquid which is inside of a coconut is termed juice. Another term used is coconut milk, which is not a juice. Coconut milk is extracted by pulverizing the coconut’s flesh and then mixing this extract with water that becomes milky in appearance. 

Coconut juice is a famous refreshing drink in the overall tropics. Coconut is enriched with many health supplements including iron with a good content of potassium. It is also a good source of saturated fat.

Natural coconut is also beneficial as it boosts the immune system, also helps in good digestion, and plays a vital role in the absorption of minerals that have a significant role in the body, and it also controls the cholesterol level.

The brown skin of coconut is not too thick, it is edible and is rich in fibre. Coconut also nourishes the body with a good number of electrolytes which are important in the body to perform different functions. 

How to check coconut before purchasing?

A good coconut is heavy in size which is a good indication of a healthy coconut. Shake the coconut to hear the juice sound, sloshing around the walls of the coconut. There should not be any mould growing on the surface of coconut.

How to use the coconut?

It can be used by following a cracking procedure. In this method, firstly bake the coconut at a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. This baking will help to remove the coconut shell easily. Then, let the coconut cool.

  • Then make a hole in both the eyes of the coconut with the help of a hammer and screwdriver. Then extract the juice through the hole. Divide the coconut into two parts by hitting the hammer on the screwdriver, continue to tap the screwdriver until the coconut is divided into two halves.
  • Then take one side of the coconut, place it on any clean working surface in a stable position, tap with the hammer on the surface of the coconut opposite the flesh to break it.
  • Then these small parts of coconut can be cut down into chunks that are easy to handle and then the flesh can be separated from the shell with a table knife.
  • The brown surface of coconut is all by choice, that can be edible or it can be peeled off.
  • Coconut can be used for different purposes like its chunks or strips can be toasted until they appear light brown and become fragrant. This toasting could be done on a dry skillet for ten minutes over low heat.
  • These strips then can be stored in an airtight jar in a cool and clean place, which can be used to sprinkle over the oatmeal and it can be mixed with other nuts and dry fruits as a good snack for travelling, hiking, and to eliminate the off-time cravings especially in the winter season.
  • These coconut strips can be grated to sprinkle over many dishes like salads of fresh fruit.

How to store the coconut

A whole coconut before its breaking and extracting flesh, can be stored at room temperature for up to a month, but after using it and the rest of the coconut should be stored by wrapping in a plastic sheet or an airtight jar in a fridge for maximum one week, but its shelf life can be enhanced by storing it in the freezer where it can stay for up to six months.

Benefits of coconut skin

It is a highly nutritious part of the meal that is enriched in iron and copper nutrients that help to form red blood cells, selenium formation, and also form some of the major antioxidants that protect cells.

It is also enriched with a small number of B vitamins, minerals, and protein.

Conclusion

In this short article, we have answered the question, “Can you eat coconut skin?” with an in-depth analysis of the brown skin of coconut. Moreover, we have discussed whether coconut skin is edible or not, how can we use the coconut, what are the possible ways of eating coconut, along with the supplements and beneficial components of coconut.

References

https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/tools-test-kitchen/article/coconut-2
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-nutrition

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.