How do you know when a coconut goes bad?

In this article, we answer the following question: How do you know when a coconut goes bad? We discuss how to store coconut and coconut milk, and talked about the benefits of coconuts.

How do you know when a coconut goes bad?

To know when a coconut goes bad, shake it close to your ear. You should hear the sound of coconut water splashing around inside. The more there is, the fresher the fruit and the tastier its flesh. Also, take a good look at the nut from all angles. The eyes (3 small dark spots present at its base) should be firm, intact, and free of mold spots.

The fresh coconut should be very heavy and full. When you pick it up you must feel its weight and sometimes when you shake it you hear the roar of coconut water here inside. It’s proof that your nut is good. His skin should not have cracks or molds. Coconut is like most fruits in general when it is not ripe it is green in color. The coconut water it contains is quick to harvest at this time and its flesh is finer.

As it ripens it turns brownish and has a slightly aged appearance; This is the best time to have a tender and relatively strong pulpit. It is good and can accompany many dishes. You can see that this is a wonderful fruit, both ripe and unripe, it manages to provide us with the material to spend a wonderful and refreshing summer.

The appearance and, surprisingly, the sound produced by the coconut, guarantee its freshness and the quality of its pulp. Whole, it can be stored easily, and for a very long time. On the other hand, once opened, plan to consume it quickly so that the pulp remains crunchy and tender.

Choosing a good coconut is not at first glance obvious: hard shell, odorless, it does not fully reveal itself until it is opened. 

How to store a coconut?

As long as it has not been opened, coconut will keep perfectly in the air. The pulp of the coconut will keep in the refrigerator. However, be careful not to leave it there too long, it dries up quickly. Likewise, if you have saved the coconut water, use it quickly, it tends to ferment.

The problem that can arise with this kind of fruit is that from the outside you can’t see anything. Of course, you have to buy it before opening it and when you open it you can be faced with surprises. 

Are coconuts good?

The coconut palm is a type of palm native to Southeast Asia. Very widespread in tropical areas, this tree is cultivated for its fruit, coconuts. We also appreciate its exotic aspect.

It is from its dried pulp that the famous coconut oil is extracted, used in particular for the manufacture of margarine but also a lot in cosmetics.

This is the peak coconut tasting season in November, December, January, and February.

Unlike most fresh fruits, coconut is very rich. Thus, it displays a fairly high caloric intake: 353 kcal / 100 g. Thus, it constitutes a very good source of energy and transforms the preparations where it slips into real “whiplash”. Note, however, that its water is much lighter (23 kcal / 100 g) and makes it possible to flavor dishes at a lower caloric cost.

Coconut brings a very wide variety of minerals and trace elements, starting with potassium (380 mg / 100 g), but also phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc … It, therefore, allows us to fill up with all these nutrients, essential for the proper functioning of cells, which are often lacking in our daily diet.

On the other hand, it contains little vitamin C but remains a good supplier of B vitamins, important for the good assimilation of energy.

Finally, coconut is rich in fibers (9.5 g / 100 g) of excellent quality, and all the better tolerated since the pulp is most of the time consumed mixed. With it, transit problems are nothing more than a bad memory. 

How to store coconut milk?

If we keep the refrigerator between 5ºC and 8ºC, which is usual, the shelf life of non-dairy milk will vary between 3 and 5 days. The variations will depend mainly on the temperature of the refrigerator, the degree of oxidation and quality of the raw material used (cereals, seeds, nuts …), and the quality of the water.

A curious fact to take into account is that, contrary to what happens with any packaged milk that has been subjected to thermal pasteurization or sterilization processes, natural vegetable milk, because it is a living food, is like wine that gets better as it ages. It settles and improves its flavor and texture.

Conclusions

In this article, we answered the following question: How do you know when a coconut goes bad? We discussed how to store coconut and coconut milk, and talked about the benefits of coconuts.

Following our tips, you will know for sure whether a coconut is safe to eat or not. The most important tip to remember is that the fresh coconut should be very heavy and full. When you pick it up you must feel its weight and sometimes when you shake it you hear the roar of coconut water here inside. 

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References

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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.

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