Young vs. Mature Coconuts: The Battle of the Flavors

The debate over young and mature coconuts has been one that’s raged since the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of coconut farming. While their differences may not seem that profound, both have their own distinct differences.

At Once Upon A Coconut, we understand the debate and want to put this to bed. In this article, we will break down the differences between young and mature coconuts so you can confidently make your choice next time you’re coconut shopping.

What Is a Young Coconut?

A young coconut has a light green outer shell with a mild, sweet flavor, and contains a high amount of water. For this reason, they are often used in desserts or as refreshing drinks — which is why we use them. They can be found year-round but are most abundant during the winter months. Young coconuts are harvested six to seven months after the fruit has emerged.

What Is a Mature Coconut?

A mature coconut has been on the tree for at least 12 months. The water inside is less sweet, and the meat is harder than on a young coconut. Some say mature coconuts have a more earthy flavor, while others find them to be more bland — which is why we do not use them. Unlike young coconuts, they have a brown outer shell and white flesh.

Which Coconut Tastes Better?

There are mixed reviews about which one tastes better, but most people would agree that young coconuts taste better.  They are sweeter and tastier in general, with an unmistakable tropical taste. On the other hand, mature coconuts tend to be dryer and not as sweet. As a result, some say they have a bland flavor to them.

Is There Any Difference in Health Benefits between Young and Mature Coconuts?

Both types offer a variety of health benefits, including aiding in digestion, improving blood circulation, and boosting immunity. But if you’re looking for more fiber or protein, then young coconuts may be the better choice. A young coconut contains up to 3x more fiber than a mature coconut and nearly 4x more protein!

Final Thoughts

When it comes to coconuts, young or mature, each have their own special flavors, textures, and benefits.

At Once Upon A Coconut, we’re more than just a coconut company that harvests young coconuts. We are a coconut lifestyle company that helps you enjoy all the great health benefits that come with these amazing fruits!

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