Coquito nuts

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Coquito nuts

Coquito nuts are the fruits from a feather-leaved palm, Jubaea chilensis, native to Chile, having a thick trunk from which is obtained a sugary sap used for making wine and a syrup, and widely cultivated as an ornamental in warm dry regions.[1] (Spanish, diminutive of coco, "coco palm", from Portuguese côco; see coconut.) Coquito nuts look like miniature coconuts and have a very similar flavor to coconuts. They have a brown exterior and a white interior with a hollow center. They measure about 12 to 34 inch (1.3 to 1.9 cm) in diameter. They are completely edible (raw or cooked), and are crunchy, with an almond-like sweetness.[2]

History[edit]

Coquito nuts, also referred to as coker nuts, pygmy coconuts or monkey's coconut, are the fruit of a Chilean palm tree. The tree, Jubaea chilensis, takes up to fifty years to achieve maturity, and is native to the coastal valleys of Chile. This palm is grown in Mediterranean-type climates worldwide, including in the state of California.[3]

Usage[edit]

Coquito nuts can be eaten whole, raw or cooked. Whole or chopped coquito nuts can be added to a variety of foods, including desserts, savoury foods, and drinks. They are grown year round, and will stay edible for up to three weeks if kept in a refrigerator.[4]

Nutritional information[edit]

Below is a table of nutrients contained with 1 serving (g) of coquito nuts, based on a 2000 calorie diet.[5]

Nutrients Amount Pct daily value
Total calories 110 (90 cals from fat) -
Total fat 10 grams 15%
Saturated fat 9 grams 45%
Sodium 5 milligrams 0%
Carbohydrates 5 grams 2%
Dietary fibre 3 grams 12%
Sugars 1 gram 0%
Vitamin A - 0%
Vitamin C - 0%
Calcium - 0%
Iron - 4%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coquito Definition". Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Coquito Nuts | Taste Spotting". Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Baby Coconuts". Farmers Market. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Coquito Nut- History". Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Calorie Counter". Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012.