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:
Note the spider-like veins of decomposition and infection.
The water is cloudy.
This one isn’t as bad, but it’s well on its way to oblivion.
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