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Buying Tips

To choose a fresh coconut, shake it to be sure it contains water in the hollow center. Look for coconuts that are without cracks and contain firm, mold-free “eyes.”


Coconuts are grown in tropical regions where they grow wild, but they are also cultivated in Thailand, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. The coconut comes from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), which is grown primarily in Malaysia as well as Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, and parts of India and South America.

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