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Coconuts grow on large palm trees known scientifically as Cocos nucifera. Despite the name, the coconut is botanically considered a fruit rather than a nut. Coconut water is the juice found in the center of a young, green coconut. It helps nourish the fruit.
Research has shown that coconut water can lower blood sugar levels and improve other health markers in diabetic animals. In one small study in people with high blood pressure, coconut water improved systolic blood pressure (the higher number of a blood pressure reading) in 71% of participants.
Coconut water forms naturally in the fruit and contains 94% water and very little fat.
It should not be confused with coconut milk, which is made by adding water to grated coconut meat. Coconut milk contains about 50% water and is very high incoconut fat.
Coconuts take a year to fully mature. Coconut water typically comes from young coconuts about 6–7 months of age, though it’s also found in mature fruit. Without the husk of the older, conventional coconut, it is easier to enjoy the extremely nutritious, tasty white flesh and versatile liquid of this nature's treat.
Packaged coconut water often contains additives, plastics, and other elements not ideal for your health or flavor.
The liquid of the Sweet Young Coconut can be combined with the flesh to make refreshingly sweet coconut milk for tropical drinks, puddings, sauces, stews, and soups. Or simply add the coconut meat to fruit salads, dessert recipes, and curries. For tropical flavor anytime, enjoy organic coconuts straight from your fridge.