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Mar 17, 2011 01:17 PM

Peeled (?) Coconut?

So I'm a huge fan of buying the bags of fruit from the vendors on the street, the coconut in particular is my favorite.
I am wondering if anyone knows where I can buy a coconut like the ones they use, they are already peeled (the outside is removed) so they can just cut it into slices.
I've purchased a whole coconut to do this with before and it was way more work than it was worth.
I'm in Hollywood but would be willing to travel a bit for a prepared coconut.


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  1. I see peeled coconuts at Ranch 99 Market, but usu. they're just for the juice. Not sure those are really edible.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Peeled like the brown part is removed? That's what I'm looking for, sorry if it wasn't clear.

        1. re: veronykah

          the only problem is that once peeled, the quality deteriorates *extremely* quickly. so unless it's peeled right before you buy it and you use it immediately, it's not going to be very good or hold up well. having said that, i could swear that Whole Wallet sells plastic tubs of fresh coconut chunks in the refrigerated case with the pre-cut fruit. there may still be shell/skin attached to some of the pieces, but that's easy enough to remove with a paring knife - the hard work is already done for you.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I'll have to check out WF.
            What do you mean by the quality deteriorates? The coconut from the fruit stands is always good, assuming it was peeled that morning and I'm buying it in the afternoon.
            The question really arises because I asked one of the vendors where they got the coconut but my Spanish was horrible as was their English, so I couldn't really figure out what he told me...

            1. re: veronykah

              i mean that coconut meat is highly perishable - there's a reason that shell is so protective! after more than a day or two it can get unpleasantly sticky & slimy unless it's cooked or combined with other ingredients that help preserve it. just check the "packed on" date on the label (they usually include it on there) to be sure it's as fresh as possible and you'll be fine.

        2. re: ipsedixit

          Any coconut with juice in it is good for the meat. The meat deteriorates when the juice is removed or the nut is cracked and starts drying out. If you can get one with the husk on and it is still parially green the meat will be tender. Really green and you can spoon the meat out. Brown husks mean older meat which is ground up and made into flakes or coconut milk.
          Many mexican vendors who sell fruit usually sell coconuts. Used to eat them right off the tree in my younger days. Never drank or ate from one that had a brown husk. only green or partially turning brown. Brown meant dried out or starting to sprout and tree.

          1. re: flylice2x

            Yeah, I learned all about that when I went to Puerto Rico with a boyfriend who had grown up there. He looked at me like I was insane when I wanted to eat the hardened coconut meat.
            I like it both ways now, but am looking to make the fruit from the fruit vendors at home and like the hard coconut for that. Problem is, when I bought a brown one from the store it was WAY more work than it was worth and I was hoping I could get the meat somewhere and not have to figure out how to get it out of the brown shell.

        3. I've gotten coconut slicesfor my wife at Mateo's before - they're pretty good as they seem to put out fresh ones daily. This would probably be similar to what you get at the frutas stands off the street - they pretty much do the same thing except the final slicing is done in front of you at the stand. The coconut slices come with a sour salt, some chile, I think lime, and they will give you anything else you want to go with it like chile sauce. I did mention that this was for my wife - I've never tried it myself so I can't personally vouch for the flavor.

          1. I have bought, many times, the fresh cut coconut from WF. Yes, sold in plastic tubs already cut in the refridge section. Last two times, NOT FRESH - coconut meat is very parishable and doesn't last long -smells funky, turns pink and slimy. Some Asian markets will have fresh cut YOUNG coconuts, NO BROWN SKIN. This may work for you.
            IF no avail, you pick a coconut from WF and they will open, cut and container for you. AND, it's cheaper than their fresh cut. ..This guarantees your freshness but, you'll have to take the skin off.

            1. Hi veronykah

              My wife and I are in the process of importing whole and sliced fresh peeled coconuts from Mexico. This is an amazing product and I am so happy to see your interest! The response from goodhealthgourmet is accurate in that the peeled coconuts do spoil fast, but ours are vacuum sealed and with proper refrigeration last up to 60 days.

              With the whole coconuts the water remains in tact and can be consumed with a rigid straw that it comes packaged with. After you consume the water the fruit is great to eat! If you want to send me an email at I will let you know when and where you can buy this product. We are in the process of speaking with Fresh and Easy, Whole Foods and others! So hopefully you will see it available in the next few weeks.

              Ed - Coco Imports

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              1. re: edavis949

                please tell me where to find this product in the Long Beach area? Great Idea. I too like the meat from the hard shell of the coconut