Green Coconuts in Hawaii

It’s a popular health-food drink that’s taking the mainland by storm, but here in Hawai‘i, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for a bottle of coconut water. You can get it right off the tree!

High in potassium and antioxidants, coconut water is an extremely hydrating beverage brimming with electrolytes. No fat, no sugar and cholesterol free, coconut water offers more potassium than four bananas. The coconut’s sweet, nutty taste makes the water quite refreshing, plus it is great for replacing lost fluids after endurance sports. Because of its sterile qualities, coconut water was used during World War II in the Pacific for IV transfusions.

If you are visiting Hawai‘i, you can find green coconuts at the local farmers’ markets, at some roadside fruit stands, and on the coco tree itself. Look for the young, green coconut that’s within reach. Twist it off the vine and use a knife to pry off the top “flower” or cap. Dig the knife into the soft, white meat and carve out a cork that you can easily pull out. Pour the water into glass, or better yet, stick a straw in the hole and drink it right out of the coconut.

Here at Holualoa Inn, our expansive 30-acre property features a bounty of fresh-Island fruit and produce. Our gourmet breakfasts feature everything from papaya, banana and figs to arugula, avocado, lilikoi and pineapple grown onsite. Guests of our Kona Hawai‘i bed and breakfast also love our 100-percent Kona coffee derived from more than 5,000 trees that grow at the Inn.

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