In the kitchen we use 2 “types” of coconuts: the green, unripe coconut, whose juice (coconut water) is drunk. The flesh is soft and jelly-like and is full of vitamins B and C, fiber and minerals. Fresh coconut water is a healthy thirst quencher because it contains only natural sugars, no additives and is low in calories.
You also find brown coconuts. These are mature nuts from the core of the coconut. They contain less coconut water and the flesh has turned white and firm. They may be a bit older but are nonetheless considered fresh compared to anything canned or packaged. It is very easy to make your own coconut milk, coconut cream or coconut flour from the coconut flesh.