By now, we all know coconut water and that it is hugely healthy. But did you know that the coconut yields so many more products than only coconut water? The whole coconut fruit is used to produce different products and even parts of the coconut tree are used! Today, we want to present some things made out of the coconut fruit you might didn’t know.
Although, many of you already know coconut water, we briefly want to respond to it for those who just don’t know it yet.
Coconut water is probably the most popular coconut product people know. It is the liquid inside the coconut. One can drink it directly from the coconut (if you are lucky enough to live in a growing area) or you can buy it packaged. Coconut water is absolutely healthy (read about the benefits of coconut water here) and keeps you hydrated.
Coconut oil is made out of the coconut meat. It is extracted by cold pressing the meat until the oil is released. Coconut oil can be used in various ways, e.g. as cooking oil, in baking, as a hair mask and much more. Read about the usage of coconut oil on your body here.
Coconut butter is also extracted from the coconut meat. To gain the butter, the coconut meat is blended until it gets a smooth and creamy consistency. Coconut butter can be eaten plainly, as a spread on your toast or as a drizzle over desserts. It can be easily made at home by just blending coconut flakes until they are smooth.
To obtain coconut flour, coconut meat is dried and pulverised afterwards. Coconut flour can be used as a substitute to wheat flour and is a good alternative if you cannot stomach gluten. Coconut flour is mostly used for baking.
If you grate coconut meat, mix it with a splash of water and squeeze it afterwards, you will gain coconut milk. Coconut milk is used a lot as an alternative to cow’s milk but also for desserts, soups, in curries or simply to enrich the taste of (mostly Asian) dishes. Some other products made out of coconut milk are coconut yogurt, coconut ice-cream or coconut kefir. These products are very handy for allergy sufferers or vegans as they are completely dairy-free.
Coconut flakes are also made out of coconut meat by shredding and drying it. The flakes can be used in granola or baked goods, as a topping or just plain as a snack.
Admittedly, coconut sugar is not a product that is made directly from the coconut. It is extracted from the blossoms of the coconut tree. The blossoms contain a sap which is used to produce the coconut sugar. The sap is heated to remove the moisture. The end product is the coconut sugar which can be used as a substitute for white sugar in baking and cooking.
Wow, so there are a lot of different products we can gain from the coconut! That is amazing, isn’t it? But please note, that only a variety of products is presented here. There are a lot more things that can be made out of coconuts. Many of them can also be easily made at home, so get in the kitchen and have fun trying out!