How to know if coconut is spoiled? (5 methods)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how to know if coconut is spoiled”, discuss the different methods of identifying the spoiled coconut and the potential side effects of eating spoiled coconut.

How to know if coconut is spoiled?

spoiled coconut smells sour and unpleasant. discoloration appears on its inner skin when it is spoiled. mold appears on it when coconut is spoiled. Fresh coconut has a hard texture inside out but when we notice a different texture from a fresh one it means that coconut is spoiled and it is not edible anymore.


Coconut is a fruit being used by people worldwide. It is used as coconut water, coconut oil and coconut milk. It is grown in tropical regions for many years. It has a firm texture with a slightly sweet taste. The coconut tree belongs to the member of the palm tree family that is the only living species of the class Cocos

The coconut tree is the one of most useful trees in the world” and is also known as the tree of life. It is being used in so many things like food, fuel, medicines and also in cosmetics. 

There are few ways through which we can tell whether the coconut is spoiled or not. Some methods are discussed below:


A ripe coconut would have a pleasant, clean scent. So if it does not seem to, and instead smells the same as alcohol or even has a musty scent, it’s most likely ruined. In this scenario, your only alternatives are to either toss the coconut out or return it out to the retailer. It’s not a good idea to eat it.


When you wide open the coconut, one may notice that now the interior has gotten discolored. It’s not a good indication, and indeed the coconut will have to be thrown away.


If you notice mold forming inside your coconut, it’s a sure indicator that it’s gone bad. It is preferable to be careful than to be sorry. As a result, you should throw away any spoiled coconut as soon as possible so that you do not ingest it and remain safe.


The more ripe coconut is, the less and less fluid it contains. As a consequence, the flesh inside the coconut would eventually exceed the water. Take the fruit in your palm and shake it to see whether it’s still good or not.

If the water is scarcely audible, you may probably open the coconut and eat it as quickly as possible if indeed the flesh is still edible. Furthermore, the coconut milk is lighter than that of the flesh of the coconut. If the coconut appears to have gained weight, it is most likely overripe.

Coconut eyes:

The coconut comprises 3 triangle-shaped openings that are commonly referred to as eyes. Checking coconut eyes is among the most reliable methods to determine whether something is wrong with them.

If there is dampness, mildew, or liquid upon the eyes, the coconut has deteriorated. Such fruit should not be consumed since it might cause bacterial infection or indigestion.


Consuming rotten coconut milk and flesh is unpleasant, although if you do not have any digestive issues. The dish you cook with such a coconut which has changed color and scent will not taste good.

Shelf life:

A whole fresh coconut may remain good on the shelf for about 4 months. It could be refrigerated for about 2-3 months. If the coconut is frozen then it will remain good for about 6-8 months. 

If you have purchased a packaged coconut and you have stored it properly then it will remain good on the shelf for about 6-12 months. If you refrigerate it, then still it will remain good for about 6-12 months. If you freeze it then it will remain good for about 6-8 months.

If you have cut the coconut into pieces then it will remain good for about a few hours. If you refrigerate the coconut then it will remain good for about a week. If you freeze the pieces of coconut then it will be good to consume for about 6-8 months.

Health effects:

Coconut does not have a specific expiry date. That is to say, there is no set deadline by which you must discard it. Consuming damaged or rotting coconuts, however, can cause stomach aches, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Always inspect the overripe coconut of breaks, which can lead to bacterial infection inside the interior. If you consume rotten fruit, you risk contracting a variety of potentially deadly germs, like salmonella, E. coli, and Klebsiella.


So in this blog, we discussed the vital signs from which we can determine whether the coconut is spoiled or not. If the smell, taste, or appearance is unpleasant then this indicates that the coconut is spoiled. We can also check the coconut spoilage by checking the water of it and checking the eyes of the coconut also.

We also discussed the shelf life of the coconut. We also discussed the potential health effects which can take place in us if we consume spoiled coconuts.

I hope you find this blog helpful. You can comment below for any queries.


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.