Coconut water concentrate and coconut water (single strength) are two of the many types of products supplied by iTi Tropicals.
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 locals. 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 a clear liquid (water). The characteristics of the coconut water vary with maturity. A very young coconut (3 to 5 months before the endosperm forms) has tasteless water that is somewhat astringent. Coconut water is best when the maximum balance between sweetness and acidity is reached. This occurs 6 to 7 months of age, when the endosperm begins to form. Mature coconut water is slightly saltier in flavor.
What is so good about it?
Coconut water, the clear liquid in the interior of the coconut, is refreshing and 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 it blends well with all 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. It has five essential electrolytes, including potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
How to use it?
Coconut water, (also called coconut juice) is not only refreshing and cool, but it is also hydrating because it contains five essential electrolytes. It has no added sugars, fat, cholesterol or preservatives, and is significantly lower in calories than many other juices.
Coconut water is one of the most versatile ingredients in the culinary world. While the most common use for coconut water is a standalone, hydrating beverage, it can be used in a number of different applications. When blended with other juices, coconut water does not impart a strong taste; making it the perfect ingredient to blend with other juices to lower calories while still maintaining a 100% juice product.
Coconut water has many non-traditional uses too. Cold-brew coffee can be brewed in coconut water to create the perfect coffee drink; one that is both energizing and hydrating! Check out our blog post for a cold brew coffee recipe!
Wondering how to elevate a stock and soup broth? Coconut water is the perfect ingredient for adding depth to a broth or stock. Coconut water contains enough sodium naturally, that salt is not needed to elevate the broth. The neutral flavor of coconut water provides a subtle hint of umami flavors that heighten and enhance the other ingredients in the broth.
Visit our Coconut Water Applications page or contact iTi Tropicals Innovation here.
What iTi offers
iTi offers coconut water single strength, coconut water concentrates, 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.