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Bad Young Coconut – Purple or Lavender, Smelly

Posted in Food,Health by Elliott Back on February 20th, 2010.

I bought three young coconuts from Whole Foods on 14th Street, two of which turned out to be bad. How do you know that a young coconut is bad? There are a few obvious signs:

  • The meat is purple or lavender, and runny and goopy. It should be pearly white, and firm.
  • The water is cloudy. It should be clear.
  • It smells alcoholic. It should smell delicious.

Just to give a visual aid, here are some photographs of a young coconut you definitely do not want to eat:

bad young coconut 01

Note the spider-like veins of decomposition and infection.

bad young coconut 02

The water is cloudy.

bad young coconut 03

This one isn’t as bad, but it’s well on its way to oblivion.

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4 Responses to “Bad Young Coconut – Purple or Lavender, Smelly”

  1. Hannah says:

    Purple does not necessarily mean off — it goes through a purple stage when it is ripening, during this stage the flesh will be slimy but quite delicious! You should be able to tell from the smell and how clear the water it – if the water is a slightly purple colour but clear its fine. If cloudy – not fine.

  2. Alice says:

    I’ve read depending on the taste/smell of the coconut water, it could be an un-ripen coconut.

  3. Leah says:

    Thanks for the tips! You saved my daughter and me from eating a rotton coconut tonight.

  4. James says:

    I like this coconut

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