Coconut Water Facts
What is it?
Coconut palm trees are native to southeast Asia but are currently cultivated in all tropical and subtropical regions. Upon reaching maturity the tree stands 65 to 72 feet tall and yields 50 to 80 fruits (coconuts) per palm every year. The coconut tree has been called the tree of life as it offers a source of food, drink, oil, medicine, fiber, timber, thatch, mats, fuel, and domestic utensils to the local population. The coconut fruit is a fibrous drupe that is elongated or spherical in shape and weighs between 1.9 and 8.1 pounds. It has an outer thin hard skin (exocarp), followed by a thicker layer of fibrous mesocarp (husk), the hard endocarp (shell), the white endosperm (kernel), and a large cavity filled with clear liquid (water). The characteristics of the coconut water vary with maturity.
What is so good about it?
Coconut water, the clear liquid in the interior of the coconut, is refreshing and cool. It is currently riding a wave of strong popularity. The major advantages of working with coconut water are that it is 100% juice, significantly lower in calories compared to other more expensive juices, and blends well with many ingredients. For example, one could produce a 50:50 blend of coconut water with orange juice and end up with a product that is less energy dense yet still 100% juice. This aspect is very appealing to the health conscious consumer who is concerned with caloric intake but also does not want to short themselves on juice quality and content. From a nutritional perspective, 1 cup of coconut water (240 g) is a good source of, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
How to use it
Coconut water is very versatile. Not only can it be used as a refreshing drink alone, but it can also blend with other ingredients to boost total fruit juice content. It can be used to make tropical drinks, teas, coffee, sauces, cocktails, smoothies, and many other applications. When blended with other fruits coconut water does not impart a strong taste. This allows the flavor of the other fruits to take center stage while still providing a 100% juice product. In addition to beverages, coconut water can be utilized as a cooking medium. Cooking rice directly in coconut water will add a taste of the tropics to any meal. Using coconut water as a base for marinades or soups will bring great flavor with minimal caloric impact. It can also be used as a water substitute to any product, such as cake or frozen desserts and enhance the nutrient content . The possibilities provided by coconut water are endless!
What iTi offers
iTi offers coconut water single strength, coconut water concentrate, and organic coconut water products. The products are 100% natural and GMO free, They do not contain any artificial color, flavors, or preservatives. All are processed in FDA registered facilities which are HACCP and Kosher-certified.