The most commonly asked questions about our produce are answered below.
Our CooCooNooT is a young, fragrant Nam Hom coconut from Thailand. We mostly offer the polished version, but you can also request the green one with a full husk and the so called half-green coconut.
The fruit comes from organic farms all around Ratchaburi.This region is located roundabout one hundred kilometres west of Bangkok and is believed to be the best area for growing the famous fragrant coconuts; climate, precipitation frequency and soil bring forth what is believed to be the most aromatic young coconut of Thailand. Not only is the coconut more intense in smell and taste, but also sweeter than the produce of other areas. The sweetness of the fruit is measured with the Brix count; in the past our fruit has achieved a ten on this scale several times – seasonally the value is even higher. However, the sugar content of the coconut is not comparable to the refined sugars we know and purchase here.
This year we have completed the switch to sea transport and the dehusking, polishing and packing are done by our partners in Spain. The coconuts reach the warehouse fresh, cold and raw by sea and are then dehusked on-site before being sent to us. The company involved in this certified according to GMO, Global G.A.P., Fair For Life, and organic standards (ES-ECO-010-AR), among others. Upon arrival we personally see to the coconuts and bring them to our storing facilities in Altstetten. A demand driven ordering, short lead times and regular temperature checks ensure that each fruit arrives in Zürich as fresh as possible.
Not since we managed to find a good partner in Spain who has the means to remove the husk on-site, so that the coconuts can arrive green – still in their husk- and therefore preserve the shelf life of our CooCooNooTs while maintaining a high quality standard. Due to the very limited shelf life of polished coconuts of approximately 30 days, when kept in cool storage, there is a need to transport them fast. The coconuts lose a majority of their fragrance and flavour after three weeks following the picking. Transporting them in a container has therefore been problematic due to the journey, but with their technology and shorter sea route it worked out well. Another reason we were hesitant to use sea transport was because the container itself is often sprayed with pesticides to keep the cargo safe from pests and germs. Although this is common practice, it does not go well with our idea of organic produce. Luckily, the company we cooperate with is certified as an organic importer and processor and keeps up the same ideas as well..
Good to know: the coconut water is free from germs, the husk keeps the fungi, bacteria and pests and other contaminants from getting through.
During our visits in Thailand the temperatures on the farms fluctuated between 37 to 40 degrees Celsius. Shortly before the rainy season we witnessed the hottest dry period and temperatures rose to 43 degrees. Due to the climate the amount of fruit fluctuates, more than three times more coconuts can be harvested during the rainy season than in the hot period. Unfortunately, the changing of the seasons directly impacts the transportation of the coconuts; some tend to explode on their way. No farmer, however, could tell us why that is happening.
In Thailand the coconuts are opened with a machete, naturally, we can’t do that here. Our goal was to find a tool for opening them, that actually doesn’t make the impression of a tool. The combination of a specifically polished coconut and a stable, bacteria deferring bamboo straw brought forth the CooCooNooT itself. The straw can be used multiple times and is also biodegradable. The basic idea was to leave out all the plastic and wrapping that is normally used and this is why each one of our coconuts comes with a bamboo drinking straw.
The meat of young coconuts can be eaten, but it does not have the same taste as we know from brown, matured coconuts. It is softer, less intense in taste and can have a jelly-like texture. To reach the meat within the coconut you can use a hammer or a large kitchen knife. Give the husk firm brief taps around the middle (the “belt” with the largest diameter) with the hammer or the edge of the knife near the handle, round and round until you hear a cracking sound. Thereafter you should be careful, because your fingers could get squeeze in between the two almost separated halves. Continue tapping the husk until you can take both halves apart.
Click me: Instruction to open the CooCooNooT
You can order directly with the online shop – the button on the right hand side redirects there. In case you have questions or encounter difficulties you can give us a call or send us an e-mail with the amount needed, the date of your venue if it is a larger quantity. Our CooCooNooTs are available at several partner stores in Switzerland. Consult the map on the home page for more information.
We are offering a Home Delivery Service for the city of Zürich, we will personally deliver the coconuts directly to your doorstep. If you ordered larger quantities, we will gladly drive a bit further. All other areas are limited to postal delivery – which is not cooled. The parcels are handled with care by DPD and delivered the following workday. You will get delivery information and a parcel number for your order sent to your e-mail address. Please make sure that your CooCooBox can be delivered to you directly by either being home or using one of the Signature release authorisation forms we will send you along with your order confirmation. This way we can make sure that your CooCooNooTs aren’t spending a warm day exposed to the elements. By the way, the shipping of your order with DPD is carbon-neutral -without any additional costs.
Phone: +41 79 960 30 03 Phone: +41 79 949 93 33
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CooCooNooT by purpurstrasser GmbH Rüdigerstrasse 1 CH-8045 Zürich warehouse address differs