I was once told that for dehydrated patients, when IV drip is not available, buko (coconut) water could be substituted. I was never sure whether the buko water should be given to the patient orally or intravenously. The message was clear, however — coconut water is a complete rehydrating drink, something that’s just being discovered in parts of the world where the coconut does not grow indigenously. So says a report that sounds eerily like a press release rewritten as news.
There is a huge export potential for the country’s lowly coconut or buko juice.
Jose Quimson, president of Peter Paul PH Corp., said the potential is great due to the worldwide trend of people becoming more health conscious and doing away with sugary and carbonated drinks. Peter Paul manufactures O.N.E. Coconut Water, which was promoted by President Aquino during his recent US visit…
The O.N.E. organic coconut water is manufactured in the Philippines but is sold in export markets such as the US. Health magazine even named the drink as “America’s healthiest beverage” for providing enhanced hydration, essential nutrition and all five essential electrolytes (calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and sodium).
For those of us who grew up where coconuts are sold on practically every street corner, we know that there is so much more to the coconut than its water. The coconut flesh, when young and tender, is sweet and succulent. When the coconut flesh matures, it becomes the source of coconut milk and cream. Even the palm itself is like magic. In its innermost part hides the ubod — the heart — that is subtly sweet and juicy.
Oh, yes, I am a coconut lover.
If you’re new to coconuts and need an introduction, check out:
For recipes with coconut (water or otherwise) as an ingredient, see:
- Buko (coconut) juice and strawberries smoothie
- The Lady In Red (watermelon and coconut rum cocktail)
- Melon and coconut milkshake
- Cucumber and coconut smoothie
- Coconut custard
- Sticky rice and mangoes with sweet coconut sauce (khao neaw mamuang)
- Ginataang ubod (heart of palm in coconut cream)
- Spicy tilapia with coconut cream
- Chicken and coconut cream soup (tom kha gai, gai dom kha or tom khaa kai)
- Sago (tapioca pearls) and mango dessert
- Adobong kabute sa gata (mushrooms adobo in coconut cream)