Despite its name, the coconut is not a nut but the stone fruit of the coconut palm. The fruit consists of four layers, namely the coconut fibre, the husk, the meat of the fruit (copra), and the coconut milk or water contained in the centre. The copra contains 34% fat. Coconut is mainly grown in the Philippines, Indonesia, and India. The fruit is encapsulated by green husk that is removed after harvest to reveal the hairy, wooden nut that you find in the shops.
Basic techniques: drying, deep frying, grating, toasting, puréeing, freezing, marinating, and smoking.
Taste combinations: almond, banana, chicken, chocolate, coriander, crème fraîche, custard, fish, honey, Indian curry, mango, lime, lychee, mint, passion fruit, black pepper, pineapple, rice, dark rum, sesame seeds, lobster, sugar, vanilla