What's in a Coconut?

November 20, 2018

Coconut milk, cream, water, butter, oil, flakes, chips, flour, sugar. With so many different coconut products available, it is easy to get confused. In this post, we will help you understand what each product is and where does it come from.



Coconut Flesh or Meat

Coconut flesh or meat is the white layer found just under the shell. Many coconut products are derived from this part of the coconut. It can also be eaten on its own.



Coconut Water

Coconut water is the liquid found inside a green, young coconut. It is slightly sweet, low in calories and full of electrolytes.



Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is a combination of coconut flesh and water blended together, then strained. The full-fat coconut milk is often made using a 1:1 ratio, while the light variety uses a 1:2 flesh to water ratio.



Coconut Cream

Coconut cream also comes from a combination of coconut meat and water, but with a 4:1 flesh to water ratio. The thick cream on the top of a coconut milk can is also coconut cream. Creamed coconut is sweetened coconut cream.



Coconut Flakes

Also known as desiccated coconut or shredded coconut, it's the dry grated coconut flesh. It can be found in different sizes, and it can be sweetened or unsweetened. The larger pieces can be seasoned and are called coconut chips.



Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the fat extracted from the coconut meat. Virgin coconut oil comes from raw coconut meat, while the refined variety comes from dried coconut or copra.



Coconut Butter

Coconut butter is a creamy paste that comes from blending the coconut flesh. It is thick, spreadable, and it has an intense coconut smell and taste.



Coconut Flour

Coconut flour comes from the dehydrated coconut flesh that is ground into a fine powder. It is a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour, it is rich in protein and low in carbs.



Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar doesn't come from the coconut fruit. It comes from the saps of the flower buds on the coconut palm tree, which is later boiled and dehydrated.



If all this talk about coconut made you crave some coconut, Cool Runnings and British Class have a great product selection for you. Pick them up at select grocers including Metro, Food Basics, Walmart, Loblaws, No Frills, FreshCo, Sobeys, Fortinos, Superstore, Co-ops, Cash & Carries, convenience stores, independent supermarkets, and online at




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