One of the organic food trends that I predicted for this year was the continued growth of coconut water.
There is a product on the market by a company called Exotic Superfoods (great name, isn’t it?) that sells certified organic young Thai coconut water.
Why is this so novel?
Well, the white young Thai coconuts that you see in the market are not organic. They are shipped from Thailand in formaldehyde in order to prevent mold from growing on the outside. Yes, formaldehyde. The same stuff they use on a corpse.
Exotic Superfoods gets around this whole mold issue by bottling the water in Thailand and shipping them frozen to the US. When you buy them here, you usually buy them frozen and have to let them defrost before drinking.
Nevertheless, non-organic coconuts are widely used in the raw food world, which generally prides itself on organic food.
I have been told by the owner of one organic juice bar, who does not use this product but continues to use the actual young Thai coconuts, that extensive tests have been conducted and no chemical residues have been found.
My reaction to that: Where does the formaldehyde go? Does it evaporate into thin air?
What I do know is that the taste of Exotic Superfoods’ young Thai coconut water is not nearly as sweet. Whether it is true or not I don’t know, but I have also been told that sugar is planted in the soil where the non-organic coconut trees grow. Furthermore, we have no assurance as to whether chemicals have been sprayed on them.
The coconut water from Exotic Superfoods is very smooth and subtle. A bottle, which costs about $10 in local stores, does not take long to devour. It goes down very easily.
I know of several organic juice bars (including One Lucky Duck) in NYC that are either selling the bottles and/or using them in their products.
Exotic Superfoods also sells the frozen organic coconut meat. These are great to add texture to smoothies.
The company’s website says that it does ship but I have always purchased it locally.