Coconut – Water Nut Facts
The water nut, as it is commonly known in the Caribbean, is a green coconut harvested from the tree before it is ripe. It has none of the white coconut meat or the hard wood that we often associate with coconuts. It contains more coconut water than the fully mature coconuts.
The coconut water is believed to be very healthy, containing very little fat, carbohydrates and calories, and a significant electrolyte content. One water nut has as much potassium as 4 bananas. If you get a really fresh water nut straight off the tree you can cut the top off and drink the water. Once you have finished the water you can make a spoon from a slice of the outer covering then split the nut in two halves. You should then have some of the soft inner flesh to enjoy.
Coconuts Wartime Use
The coconut water was used in WW2 to treat injured British and Japanese troops. It is so pure and full of electrolytes that it was used as an intravenous rehydration drip when saline was not available. It has also been used in more modern war zones such as Cambodia.
A word of warning “do not drink too much” It is alleged to be used in some parts of the world to speed up the death of the elderly. Excessive amounts of coconut water puts an over-abundance of potassium in the blood, inducing acute kidney failure, heart arrhythmia, loss of consciousnes and eventually death.