The familiar brown, round coconut filled with fluid is inside that shaved white husk. But there are big differences between a mature and immature coconut. The immature/young/green coconut has a much thinner shell, with almost no 'meat' lining the inside.
Correspondingly, what is the difference between white and brown coconuts?
While the white/young coconut produces more water, the brown/mature coconut produces more meat. The meat of the white coconut is gelatinous and not very flavorful. The meat of the brown coconut is thick, fibrous and full of flavor. The fiber left over can be dried and used in place of shredded coconut.
Are coconuts hairy?
Coconuts do not contain milk - the liquid inside is coconut water. Coconuts aren't nuts. Real nuts have hard outer shells. The brown hairy thing we call a coconut is really the stone of the coconut fruit, or drupe, equivalent to a peach stone.
How much coconut meat is in a coconut?
Generally speaking, a large ripe coconut will yield about 1 pound of coconut meat which produces about 5 to 6 cups of grated coconut. If you place the meat in a fine colander or cheese cloth and squeeze it, you can get about 1/2 cup of undiluted coconut milk.