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7 things a coconut can offer other than coconut water

Updated ·3-min read
Healthy gluten-free coconut flour and fresh coconut. (Photo: Getty)
Healthy gluten-free coconut flour and fresh coconut. (Photo: Getty)

When the weather is sweltering, who wouldn’t like some ice-cold coconut water or, even better, some deliciously creamy coconut shake? As a good source of sugar, fibre, antioxidants, proteins, vitamins and minerals, it is no wonder why we’d gladly consume coconut water to replace lost fluids during a hot day.

This tropical fruit is one of nature’s most versatile products. In addition to its sweet and nutritious water, here are seven other things a coconut can offer.

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UFC Refresh 100% Natural Coconut Water, 12 x 500ml

S$19.90 S$21 at Amazon Singapore

UFC Refresh 100% Natural Coconut Water, 12 x 500ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)
UFC Refresh 100% Natural Coconut Water, 12 x 500ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Zico Coconut Water, 12 x 330ml

S$16.80 S$18.60 at Amazon

Zico Coconut Water, 12 x 330ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Zico Coconut Water, 12 x 330ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)

1. Coconut milk

Apart from coconut water, coconut milk is also no stranger to all the curry-lovers. Coconut milk is extracted from coconut meat. Although it is a lot less common in Singapore now, some vendors still sell shredded coconut meat. With the shredded meat, you can make coconut milk at home simply by adding water.

Nowadays, people turn to canned coconut milk for convenience. A point to note, though, is that coconut milk in a can is more viscous and is usually used in making curry. This is different from the thin coconut milk that is used in beverages like coffee.

Ayam Brand Organic Coconut Milk, 200 ml

S$1.80 at Amazon

Ayam Brand Organic Coconut Milk, 200 ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Ayam Brand Organic Coconut Milk, 200 ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)

UFC Velvet Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 1 l

S$4.30 S$4.95 at Amazon Singapore

UFC Velvet Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 1 l. (Photo: Amazon SG)
UFC Velvet Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 1 l. (Photo: Amazon SG)

2. Coconut oil

Coconut oil gained more popularity recently due to its skin-softening and moisturising properties. Apart from topical uses, coconut oil is also consumed for its medicinal properties. It is a good antioxidant source, which may help with weight loss as it encourages fat burning and reduces hunger.

Coco Road Organic & Fair Trade Virgin Coconut Oil (15 Fl Oz)

S$10.99 at Amazon Singapore

Coco Road Organic & Fair Trade Virgin Coconut Oil (15 Fl Oz). (Photo: Amazon SG)
Coco Road Organic & Fair Trade Virgin Coconut Oil (15 Fl Oz). (Photo: Amazon SG)

Tropicana Virgin Coconut Oil, 100 ml

S$7.90 at Amazon Singapore

Tropicana Virgin Coconut Oil, 100 ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Tropicana Virgin Coconut Oil, 100 ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)

3. Coconut meat

One of the best things about buying a whole coconut is to scoop out and munch on the tasty white meat. The coconut meat can also be blended into smoothies or used as a garnish. Some retailers have even turned coconut meat into scrumptious coconut chips!

Organic Shredded Coconut

S$5.38 S$6.90 at Amazon Singapore

Organic Shredded Coconut. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Organic Shredded Coconut. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Absolute Organic Coconut Chips, 200g

S$7.92 S$8.90 at Amazon

Absolute Organic Coconut Chips, 200g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Absolute Organic Coconut Chips, 200g. (Photo: Amazon SG)

4. Coconut flour

Just like how coconut meat can be made into coconut milk, the meat can also be dried and turned into coconut flour. Coconut flour also makes a gluten-free substitute in baked goods.

Bob's Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour, 453g

S$9.30 at Amazon

Bob's Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour, 16Oz. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Bob's Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour, 16Oz. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Organic Coconut Flour

S$6.21 at Amazon

Organic Coconut Flour. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Organic Coconut Flour. (Photo: Amazon SG)

5. Coconut sugar

Coconut sugar, which looks like brown sugar, is made from coconut palm sap. It is similar to palm sugar and cane sugar, and is used as a sweetener. Despite the health claims, there is no scientific evidence to show that coconut sugar is more nutritious or healthier than other sweeteners.

Bob's Red Mill Organic Coconut Sugar, 369g

S$10.10

Bob's Red Mill Organic Coconut Sugar,369 grams. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Bob's Red Mill Organic Coconut Sugar,369 grams. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Naked Organic Coconut Flower Sugar, 350g

S$6.90

Naked Organic Coconut Flower Sugar, 350g. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Naked Organic Coconut Flower Sugar, 350g. (Photo: Amazon SG)

6. Coconut husk and shell: scrubber, fuel and crafts

The dry and rough husk fibres can be used as natural scrubbers for cleaning or burned as fuel. Both the husk and shell can be used as a craft material to produce handicrafts like bowls, ropes, and rugs.

BeMind Coconut Husk Scrubber

S$25.88 at Amazon Singapore

BeMind Coconut Husk Scrubber(6)Coconut Scouring Pads|Natural Dish Scrubber|Coconut Dish Scrubber| Eco-Friendly Dish Scrubber|Coconut Scrubber|Coconut Husk Sponge|Coconut Husk Scouring Pad|Non-scratch. (Photo: Amazon SG)
BeMind Coconut Husk Scrubber(6)Coconut Scouring Pads|Natural Dish Scrubber|Coconut Dish Scrubber| Eco-Friendly Dish Scrubber|Coconut Scrubber|Coconut Husk Sponge|Coconut Husk Scouring Pad|Non-scratch. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Grow Organiks Natural Coconut Coir Fibre Rope, Coir Twine (Twisted Coir Rope) for Crafts/Garden/Plant Hanger-One Hank-20ft-(4 Hanks in a Pack)

S$26.73 at Amazon Singapore

Grow Organiks Natural Coconut Coir Fibre Rope, Coir Twine (Twisted Coir Rope) for Crafts/Garden/Plant Hanger-One Hank-20ft-(4 Hanks in a Pack). (Photo: Amazon SG)
Grow Organiks Natural Coconut Coir Fibre Rope, Coir Twine (Twisted Coir Rope) for Crafts/Garden/Plant Hanger-One Hank-20ft-(4 Hanks in a Pack). (Photo: Amazon SG)

CocoNat | Coconut Bowl Set with Spoons and Anti-Wobble Husk Rings | 100% Natural - Eco Friendly - Non-Toxic & Reusable | Handmade Decorative Bowl Set Gift (2, Polished)

S$31.75 at Amazon Singapore

CocoNat | Coconut Bowl Set with Spoons and Anti-Wobble Husk Rings | 100% Natural - Eco Friendly - Non-Toxic & Reusable | Handmade Decorative Bowl Set Gift (2, Polished). (Photo: Amazon SG)
CocoNat | Coconut Bowl Set with Spoons and Anti-Wobble Husk Rings | 100% Natural - Eco Friendly - Non-Toxic & Reusable | Handmade Decorative Bowl Set Gift (2, Polished). (Photo: Amazon SG)

7. Coconut leaves: broom, thatch and wrap

The tough and long leaves are usually used to make brooms or as a roofing material for houses. It can also be used as a wrap for cooking and storage, similar to the banana leaf.

SN Skennova - 1 Piece of 32 inch Multi-Surface Sturdy Outdoor Authentic Coconut Leaf Broom Asian Heavy Duty Broom Thai Natural Coconut Leaf Broom (Country Rustic)

S$36.17 at Amazon Singapore

SN SKENNOVA - 1 Piece of 32 inch Multi-Surface Sturdy Outdoor Authentic Coconut Leaf Broom Asian Heavy Duty Broom Thai Natural Coconut Leaf Broom (Country Rustic). (Photo: Amazon SG)
SN SKENNOVA - 1 Piece of 32 inch Multi-Surface Sturdy Outdoor Authentic Coconut Leaf Broom Asian Heavy Duty Broom Thai Natural Coconut Leaf Broom (Country Rustic). (Photo: Amazon SG)
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