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. (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 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 inch (1.3 to 1.9 cm) in diameter. They are completely edible (raw or cooked), and are crunchy, with an almond-like sweetness.
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.
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.
|Nutrients||Amount||Pct daily value|
|Total calories||110 (90 cals from fat)||-|
|Total fat||10 grams||15%|
|Saturated fat||9 grams||45%|
|Dietary fibre||3 grams||12%|