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The Instacart guide to coconuts


About coconuts

Coconuts grow on trees in tropical climates, and their meat has many different purposes.  Coconut water is also an incredibly popular beverage and can be used in cooking. You can shop for whole coconuts and various coconut products when you browse local stores online through Instacart. Delivery is often completed within 2 hours of ordering!

Many people wonder if a coconut is a fruit or a nut. Technically, coconuts are considered seeded drupe. Being a drupe means that coconuts can be classified as a fruit, a nut, and a seed. Botanists classify a drupe as a fruit with a dense stony covering that covers the seed. Some other examples of drupes are peaches and olives. 

Like other drupes, coconuts have three layers:
  • Exocarp: Greenish outer layer.
  • Mesocarp: Fibrous husk-like middle layer.
  • Endocarp: A thick woody layer around the seed
When coconuts are picked off a coconut palm, they look nothing like what we find in the stores. The outside layer, or exocarp, is wholly removed. The only layer you get to see in the store is the endocarp. The endocarp is around the seed.

Since they are named coconuts, many people believe coconuts are classified as a nut. If you're not overly specific, they technically can be a nut. However, if you go by the technical definition, they are not. Nuts such as acorns only release their seeds when fruit walls break down or when animals eat them.

Interestingly enough, scientists don't know where coconut originated from. Some scientists believe that the over-200-year-old fruit came from the Indian Archipelago or Polynesia. In contrast, other scientists believe that the coconut is not nearly that old and originated in the Pacific and moved toward the west.

Coconuts Near Me

Buy your favorite coconuts online with Instacart. Order coconuts from local and national retailers near you and enjoy on-demand, contactless delivery or pickup within 2 hours.

FAQs About Coconuts

You can use every part of the coconut. The parts that are not eaten are used to make utensils, instruments, and fuel. 

Coconuts have many health benefits. They are high in fiber and rich in MCTs. They aid in digestion, weight loss, and heart health. However, you should limit the amount of coconut you eat since it is high in calories and saturated fats.

Instacart makes it easy to shop for coconuts from the comfort of your own home. An Instacart shopper will fill your order at a store of your choice, and you can get same-day delivery in as little as 2 hours!
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