Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


Photo: Coconut

Probably native to Indo-Pacific tropics. Harvested in Florida all year long. Typical size is round to oval, up to 15 inches long and 12 inches wide. The fruit is picked ready to eat. Flesh is soft to hard, white and sweet; coconut milk is sweet and pleasant. Soft flesh is best eaten fresh; hard flesh can be dried or may be refrigerated; coconut milk is best used fresh. Some protein and small amounts of vitamins B and C, source of phosphorus, calcium and niacin. Use fresh and in ice cream, desserts and cooking.