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Feb 28, 2003 08:48 PM

White coconut?!?

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I just came back from the supermarket (Stop&Shop) and for the first time in my life I saw a white coconut. I didn't get one because I had a lot of heavy packages with me and a long walk home. Of course I regret it, on my way back I was thinking about the coconut crepes mentioned here earlier (MS had a recipe for them a few days ago and I want to try it). Well, I guess I'll go back tomorrow, but meanwhile: does anybody if there's a difference between a regular coconut and a white one (besides the color, of course)? I don't know why I immagine them sweeter...
I did a quick search, but I don't find any mention of the white variety. Can anyone enlighten me? TIA

p.s. They also had ugly fruit. S&S is getting fancy.

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  1. by white, i think you mean the ones that are trimmed down into the shape of a cup with a lid, and they arent hairy or anything?

    these are green coconuts...at least that is what they were in the Dominican Republic. The large green husk is removed, and a slit is cut close to the last bit of covering, and you drink the juice...copeous amounts. When you have drunk it dry, it is split, and he heavenly, custardy meat is scooped out with a "spoon" fashioned from the outside. Often a freah pina (sorry no enya) colada is fashioned from one of these and a freah pinapple, and of course great Dominican rum!

    ahh, jill

    1. White Coconut is distinct from regular (brown?) coconut, and it is not just a matter of having the brown hair removed. I am not sure that there is a taste difference between the two, though perhaps if you are a real afficionado of coconuts you may notice a slight variation between them.

      Also, I think the fruit you mention is usually spelled "ugli".

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      1. re: James G

        'Also, I think the fruit you mention is usually spelled "ugli".....'

        The very first time I saw them, over 8 years ago, they were called "Ugly". Are people now uncomfortable with that name now?

        1. re: HLing
          Caitlin McGrath

          I believe when you see "ugly," it's a misspelling. All the reference I've ever seen are to "ugli," and a quick google turned up the fact that a company that grows it in Jamaica actually has a trademark on the name ugli fruit!

          Link: http://whatscookingamerica.net/UgliFr...

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            My mistake, it's ugli fruit indeed.

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        Pat Goldberg

        Stop and Shop may be getting fancy, but it is also in big trouble. Recent articles about their parent company in the Netherlands describe them as the Dutch equivalent of Enron.

        If anyone wants to discuss this further, we should take it to the Not About Food pages.

        Pat G.

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        1. re: Pat Goldberg

          Hello, I saw these on the travel channel in Thialand. The shell seemed to be easier to crack than the brown ones and there was a ton of the coconut water inside. The travel guy said he was amazed at the sweeter and more coconut flavor the liquid has compared to the brown ones. Hope this lends a little clarity to the difference.

        2. From what I've seen at the Asian markets, the pale beige ones are usually labeled "young coconut" vs the darker brown ones being called simply coconuts. The lighter ones tend to have more juice inside. I don't know what the flavor difference is.

          1. Green coconut is young coconut, mostly used for the fresh coconut water, and soft young pulp for snacking. Leave to ripe. coconuts will turn from green to tan to brown. However, the brown coconuts you usually see in the market already had the hard outer shell stripped down as well. The coconut water in the brown coconut would taste yucky (murky vinegary muck), but the hardened pulp is used to make coconut milk / cream.

            White coconut is green coconut stripped of the hard green outer shell so it's easier to consume.

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            1. re: cognym

              This. The white coconuts are the young coconuts with the green outer skin removed. The flesh is super soft and gelatinous almost. As the coconut matures, the inside shrinks and turns brown. When they husk the green and white part off, the brown coconut is what's left.

              Fresh young coconut right off the tree is amazing. My grandmother in Malaysia has a coconut tree in her front yard, and it's one of my favorite childhood memories (eating fresh coconut and drinking the water out of it).