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COCONUT WATER - Where to get in GTA?

Restaurant Dish Oct 8, 2009 11:23 AM

So it seems as though this is the new 'trendy' thing to drink and I'd like to try it. Anyone seen it in any regular grocery stores?

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  1. dannyboy RE: Restaurant Dish Oct 8, 2009 11:32 AM

    No, we don't get that in Canada - too cool for us.

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      szw RE: dannyboy Oct 8, 2009 12:05 PM

      I think I've been seeing these at Tone Tai (asian supermarket) for a while now. Above one of the freezers they have a bunch of drinks, some phillipino drinks, some ginger beer stuff, and I believe coconut water stuff.

      BTW is it different from the coconut juice drinks that come in the frozen plastic containers shaped like a can? i've been drinking the "cock brand" one (ha) on and off for over 10 years.

    2. pescatarian RE: Restaurant Dish Oct 8, 2009 11:37 AM

      They have it at the Sobey's on Broadview at Mortimer. They are in small cans for about 69 cents in the juice section. There wasn't a huge amount when I was there, but hopefully they'll keep them in stock. No sugar added like a lot them just coconut water and a little bit of coconut pulp.

      This is the one they had: http://www.flyermall.com/Imgs/recipe/...

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        1sweetpea RE: pescatarian Oct 8, 2009 11:50 AM

        The coconut water in cans or tetra pak juiceboxes tastes nothing like the real thing does fresh from the coconut. Go to your nearest Southeast Asian grocery store and ask for young coconuts. They usually come from Thailand and are have had their green exteriors hacked away to reveal a white cylindrical husk with a conical top, wrapped in cellophane. They could cost anywhere from $2-5. Whole Foods or the Big Carrot may carry them as well. Pick one that is heavy for its size. Shake it close to your ear. If it's really full of water you won't hear much sloshing around within. You'll need a heavy cleaver to break into the top. Do a Google/YouTube search for a video demo of how to cut into a young coconut. The water inside tastes heavenly. If you're lucky, your coconut will be very young and will have a coconut jelly lining the insides. If the coconut is a bit older, the jelly may have solidified into more of a coconut meat. Young coconuts are delicious and healthy treats to seek out.

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          pescatarian RE: 1sweetpea Oct 8, 2009 11:53 AM

          Thanks for the tip. I've had fresh coconut water. Yes, it's better and delicious, but those cans are handy alternatives for carrying around to work, etc.

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            1sweetpea RE: pescatarian Oct 8, 2009 11:59 AM

            I tried a tetra pak that I bought from Loblaws' health food aisles a little while ago. It was enjoyable as a beverage. Had I not already enjoyed the water straight from the fresh coconuts in foreign countries and here at home I suspect I'd have been quite happy with the pure coconut water (unsweetened) in the tetra paks. I'm in agreement that it's a decent substitute, particularly since it's portable (and doesn't require a machete or cleaver!!!).

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              pescatarian RE: 1sweetpea Oct 8, 2009 12:03 PM

              lol, ya, my workplace may frown upon me bringing a cleaver in my lunch bag ;)

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            redearth RE: 1sweetpea Oct 8, 2009 04:55 PM

            Forget the young coconuts! The water from older (brown and hairy coconuts) is far superior!! Compare the two, and tell me I'm wrong!!

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              jgfergus RE: redearth Nov 5, 2010 07:36 AM

              I'm not going to tell you, that you are wrong because taste is subjective. What one person likes, another dislikes. But I have been drinking the water from young coconuts for years and there is no comparison IMHO. Much sweeter than the water from mature coconuts. If you ever go to the tropics, you'll see that coconut water from fresh young coconuts is sold everywhere. Water from mature coconuts...they don't bother selling it. That should tell you something.

        2. Restaurant Dish RE: Restaurant Dish Oct 8, 2009 01:59 PM

          Thanks for everyone's replies. I'm sorry, I should have been more specific. It is the tetrapak ones I'm looking for - in particular - O.N.E. and/or Zico. I heard Coke bought Zico, so I'm thinking it should be more widely available.

          And yes, I too have tried 'the real thing' and you probably can't beat it. I heard this new coconut water helps with workouts (replenishes electrolytes, high in potassium, magnesium, etc. etc.). I'm usually not a believer of these things, but if it's all natural and no sugar is added, I'm willing to give it a try.

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            pescatarian RE: Restaurant Dish Oct 8, 2009 04:27 PM

            Just curious why you would like the tetrapak over the can? The ones I purchased have no sugar and were all natural, so if it's the nutrient benefit you''re looking for (aside from the natural and fresh obviously being best) it would be the same.

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              Restaurant Dish RE: pescatarian Oct 8, 2009 04:43 PM

              Because I'd like to try the two brands I listed above, that's all. I'm sure the cans are great too!

          2. ParsleySage RE: Restaurant Dish Oct 9, 2009 11:29 AM

            Vita Coco is similar to Zico--I have tried Zico and the tastes are pretty identical. You can find Vita Coco at Whole Foods in the small and large tetra packs.

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              Restaurant Dish RE: ParsleySage Oct 9, 2009 02:39 PM

              Thank you.

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                koknia RE: Restaurant Dish Oct 9, 2009 08:39 PM

                I like the Vita Coco one, but I also get the Foco brand one at No Frills that is made with roasted coconuts. Very tasty with lots of coconut meat in it. Not unlike the stuff you get fresh on the street in Bangkok etc.


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              AverageJo RE: pescatarian Jun 17, 2010 12:48 PM

              I was in the Big Carrot last week and the store was clean out of coconut water.

              The grocery stocker said that ever since coconut water became high profile (thanks to exposure on Oprah's show, various celebrities touting it), it's been hard to keep in stock. Demand has far outstripped supply. So it may well be harder to find in the usual spots.

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                pescatarian RE: AverageJo Jun 17, 2010 12:50 PM

                Really? I know I was there on June 3rd and there was tons of the Vita Coco. I remember the date because I was there for a seminar. It was in the fridge near the food counter. Anyways, I also picked some up at the Noah's at Yonge and Bloor the following week.

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                  AverageJo RE: pescatarian Jun 17, 2010 12:57 PM

                  Your timing was fortuitous; I was there the next day, June 4, and the self-serve beverage fridge was all out, as was the grocery shelf. That's when I asked the stocking guy about it. Maybe he was just messing with my head :)

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                    pescatarian RE: AverageJo Jun 17, 2010 12:58 PM

                    lol, interesting. Didn't know about the Oprah show. Just really like coconut water ;)

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                      AverageJo RE: pescatarian Jun 17, 2010 01:02 PM

                      Correction: I was at Big Carrot the following Friday, June 11. Not that it really matters in the grand scheme of things...if you can still find coconut water, that's all that matters.

                      I like it too; a very refreshing drink.

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                  kayehm RE: AverageJo Jun 17, 2010 08:05 PM

                  No Frills in the suburban neighbourhoods carry Coconut Water in Tetra Pack and cans. Always plenty of stock. I can speak for Black Creek, Etobicoke and Rexdale locations.

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                    1sweetpea RE: kayehm Jun 18, 2010 11:24 AM

                    I've had some luck finding the expensive tetra paks at Loblaws in the health food section. If you're in the Newmarket area, visit Nature's Emporium. The two times I've been there they've had plenty of them on the shelves. They also carry a larger size, which is a slightly better value.

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