Friday, January 18, 2008

Thai Coconut Replacements

I've been getting a good amount of feedback about my decision to leave behind thai coconuts.

Id like to provide some alternatives for smoothies, some that I think are actually much more beneficial and actually more affordable.

I would suggest a nut or seed milk (Macadamia or Hempseed or Pumpkinseed) and raw honey.

These can be priced around $12-15 a pound for the first two (BUY IN BULK ONLINE)
and the pumpkinseeds are way cheaper as most of us know.
Anything more than $4 a pound and I would say you are paying WAY too much.
Add as much water as you need, and throw in coconut oil if you want to include the
essence and beneficial properties of coconuts.

You only need one ounce of seeds or nuts and 8oz of water, and youre set. Breaking down the price it is definitely not higher than $1 a serving. Compare that to $1.50-4 for a coconut.

Most Thai coconuts that you are finding in the US are:
1. shipped across the globe (think of the magic and vitality that fades away after all that time)
2. they are dipped in fungicides, and I would think that anyone reading this is on a mental level where they would consciously avoid all "cides" if you know what I mean.
3. and they are then irradiated to prevent more fungus upon entry into the US.

Im surprised that I didnt come to this conclusion MUCH earlier.

Luckily we can order high quality pure coconut oil, but I would usually save
the coconut water for when you CHOOSE to travel.
You wouldnt want to eat tomatoes in December if they tasted like cardboard, right?

Create a budget so you WILL have enough funds to travel to a great
fresh/exotic fruit) producing country in the tropics.
Look for deals, travel in the slower and cheaper seasons...
Whatever it takes. You can do it.

No Life Force, Fungicide, and Radiation. Come on!


Rambutan...this is my good friend coconut.

Oh are just so fresh..behave yourself!

I guess some things you just cant fight. Who wants bubble teas when you can have THIS?


Im going back in late October I think.



Anonymous said...

what is your skin care routine (besides raw foods of course!)??
all i ever hear is, oh just water, blaa blaa blaa, but i wanted to know if you actually do something special to it??

Zoe said...

Can't you get the green coconuts without the shell cut away in the USA?
We get the shiny green coconuts here in the UK from Costa Rica, which are shell intact.
Costa Rica is closer to the USA than here, I would have thought they'd be everywhere.
It isn't that hard to open the green ones, you just need a technique and a hammer ;)
They taste way, way different to the Thai ones. It makes me think "They" do more than just dip them in formaldehyde.

wyldegirl said...

EXACTLY. what is that a response to you may wonder?? everything in your last two posts.
i only use young coconuts rarely now (mainly to introduce others to yummy raw dishes) and the same with dehydrated and nut-rich things. . . good for long snowshoeing or snowboarding trips in the winter, or for introducing non-raw people to the raw world, but not doing much in my own daily diet (and just too tempting to have in the house). ..

i'm getting more and more into sprouting, fresh markets (or rather moving to a place with more access???), and of course raw cacao- because those things are pure magical energy on so many levels.
for a funny goji berry/yoga video, you HAVE to check this out. . .
peace + x jenny

Bella said...


Thank you for sharing information and sources with us. I've looked on line for bulk or cheaper Goji berries, and still only seem to find them within a certain price point (which I know is too much). Any suggestions?

Thank you as always!

Anonymous said...

I would also like to know about your skin care routine, because you have the greatest skin I've ever seen for a guy. It's so clear, flawless, tanned, and glows.

If I didn't know better I'd think you'd have to be wearing makeup or something.

Anonymous said...

Do you know any websites about foraging in the midwest? Ohio?

bueller said...

I agree. Thanks for the good info!


. said...

Dude I miss the real coconuts like this. Those things are truly insane and it make our thai ones look so packaged. Last month in hawaii I ate so many dang rambutans too. I like that combo. Keep up the good work!

Linda in the Raw said...


How could you not stop in Thailand?! You're CRAZY! haha, my mom is from Thailand and it is soooooo lovely. I still have dreams about fresh rambutan and mangosteens, and coconut, and jackfruit, and.... ;)

She went to school in Phonem Phen. She said she used to look out at the sea and think about swimming back home to Thailand - but I've looked the map and and I'm not sure what she was talking about...! I've been MIA for the last few months but just spent the better part of an hour catching up on your blog. WOW so exciting! Good for you! Next time you must stop in Thailand and gorge yourself with rabutan and mangosteen and then ride an elephant for me!!

Seriously, I'm so happy for you. Keep up all the wonderful blogging and thank you for inspiring so many people in the raw food community!

Your friend,

yielded said...

I am not a fan of Thai young coconuts here either. First of, they really do not taste even close to the fresh young coconuts we grew up with at all (almost like old/stale!) And I used to wonder how they are able to keep the outside looking so white for the amount of time they are in transit and sitting in stores.

I came across your blog not too long ago, and so enjoyed reading all about your Asian adventures.

Btw, the fruits you thought were tangerines from the HK Organic Farm is actually calamondin (kalamansi in the Philippines). They thrive in warmer places even here in the states.

Anonymous said...

Just last week I started seeing organic young coconuts (not thai, i'm assuming they are from mexico) for sale here in Arizona. The small health food store by my house only had one case and wanted $5 each (YIKES) but I found them at a specialty food store for $1 each (and promptly bought 10). The juice seems much fresher (as i'm sure it is) and the flesh isn't quite as bland compared to the thai ones. Keep your eyes out for these, they look like regular coconuts but without the hair.