King coconut is the water contained in a variety of bright orange colored coconut which is indigenous to Sri Lanka. King coconuts grow at the tops of 20 to 30-meter-tall palm trees, which are a bit shorter than other coconut palm varieties. They grow in clusters of up to 20 nuts, growing from smaller branches on a large stalk. King coconuts have an elongated oval shape, much like a football, with a pointed end opposite of the stem. King coconuts measure from 20 to 30 centimeters in length. They are harvested at around 7 to 8 months of maturity, which is about twice the age of a typical, young green coconut. The sweet and flavorful liquid within the nut contains electrolytes and minerals that mirror the needs of the human body.
King Coconuts are cultivated across the year for 08 times. Basically every 45 days, the cultivation is produced and around 30-40 nuts are available in a bunch.
facts about king coconut
King coconuts are a southeast Asian variety of tree nuts, botanically known as Cocos nucifera var. They stand apart from other coconuts with their orange-colored skin and football-like shape. Although they are not as sweet as other varieties, they are the preferred coconut in the South Asian tropics, where they earned the name “King” of the coconuts. Palm fruits have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Unlike the young green coconut, King coconuts are only used for the liquid within and they have no husk. They are harvested with extreme care, by hand and lowered from the tall palm trees using ropes and pulleys to avoid damaging the precious fruits.
nutritional value of king coconut
King coconuts are a rich source of B-complex vitamins, amino acids, and electrolytes, which are minerals like potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, chloride, and phosphate. The liquid within the King coconuts has more magnesium and calcium than orange and more potassium than a banana. It will naturally replenish the body’s loss of electrolytes by sweating during exercise or any other type of exertion. This helps prevent dehydration and fatigue. King coconuts contain bioactive enzymes which aid in digestion and help with the body’s metabolism. The liquid contains trace amounts of natural sucrose, fructose, and glucose. Heating or any type of temperature pasteurization can reduce the nutritional benefits of King coconut water.
King coconuts are used primarily for their “milk” or the liquid contained within their rind. To open a King coconut, cut the stem end with a sharp knife and cut around the stem end, at an angle, creating a beveled edge. Cut (or hack) across the white layer of pith until the layer is thin enough to poke a hole into for extracting the liquid. Once the liquid has been removed, the inside of the rind has a soft, somewhat gelatinous layer that can be eaten. King coconut water is used to re-hydrate, refresh and is best when drunk straight from the coconut. Store uncut King coconuts on the counter until ready to use. King coconut water can be kept for up to three days in the refrigerator.
Indulgence of king coconut
In Sri Lanka, clusters of King coconuts can be found along roadsides, on the backs of bicycles, mopeds and trucks, and are often sold by street vendors. Aside from their status as the beverage of choice on the island, Ayurvedic practitioners have used King coconuts medicinally for thousands of years. The liquid is used to treat urinary tract and kidney troubles and is recommended for pregnant and nursing mothers. Despite being grown in the hot, humid tropics, the water within the King coconut is often prescribed for its cooling effects. The water is also given to infants for intestinal troubles and is applied topically on babies with prickly heat.
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