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Where to buy unpeeled green coconuts?

damian | Jan 14, 201211:29 PM

I love drinking coconut water from Thai young coconuts. The problem is, about 25% of the Thai young coconuts I buy seem to be bad—i.e., they're not sweet, and they make me sick if I drink them. And I can see no way to tell if they're going to be bad without tasting them.

In my experience, stores that have the highest turnover of these coconuts and that refrigerate them tend to have the freshest ones. But even from Berkeley Bowl, which has a high turnover and good refrigeration, I have bought a number of bad coconuts. I even bought a case from them recently, which they said they had just gotten in, but within about 3 days, they were bad.

I've read that green coconuts, with the green skin intact, keep longer than those that have been peeled prior to shipment.

So my question is: Is it possible to buy unpeeled green coconuts in the Bay Area, preferably the East Bay (I live in Berkeley)? I love them oh so much, but I'm tired of throwing away or getting sick from unfresh coconuts.

(By the way, just to be clear: I don't need the coconuts to come from Thailand. I'd probably prefer ones from closer to California, like Mexico or Hawaii, because they'd probably be fresher. It's just that the only young coconuts I've seen in the stores are from Thailand, and they're usually labeled as "Thai young coconuts," though I realize that other countries grow and drink young coconuts as well.)

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