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Coconut Water

The clear liquid found inside of young coconuts

The whitish, opaque liquid found inside young coconuts has a slight almond flavor and is a popular drink by itself or as a base for many tropical cocktails. The chemical make up of fresh coconut water is similar in many ways to modern sports drinks, containing many of the same sugars, salts and vitamins. The liquid, naturally filtered through the coconut husk, is sterile and was used by World War II medics for emergency plasma transfusions.

Coconut water should not be confused with coconut milk, which is extracted from the flesh of the mature coconut (see "coconut milk"). Fresh young coconuts are sold fresh in the produce department and coconut water is sold canned in the beverage aisle.

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