Navita Admin
March 3, 2022 | Views

This special species of coconut, which is endemic to Sri Lanka, will forever be pitted against its cousin, the regular coconut, in an eternal tug of war for superiority. Let us settle this battle once and for all.

Even though these two coconuts are form the same genus, they are quite different to one another. To start with, the Coconut comes from a large palm tree with an average height of 50 to 60 feet, while most King Coconut trees are much shorter in height. Some King Coconut trees won’t even grow up to 20 feet. Coconut bunches are known to yield anything from 20 to 100 fruits according to the variety, but King Coconuts will stay its range of around 25 to 50 fruits per bunch. The main difference between the two in consumption is that the Young Coconut is used for consuming its water, but when it matures, it is taken for cooking and extracting oil. The King Coconut on the other hand is exclusively used for consumption as a beverage, or for medicinal purposes.

The regular coconut is a part of the staple diet of the entire Sri Lankan population and you will find it in almost all Sri Lankan dishes. The Coconut finds its way into the majority of Sri Lankan recipes through coconut flakes, coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil. Without this ingredient, the food loses the Sri Lankan-ness in its flavor. While the Coconut acts as the chef and butler to Sri Lankans, the King Coconut is the nutritionist, the dietician and the ayurvedic doctor of the country. It has been stated that all the benefits that the King Coconut has to offer humanity is yet to be found.

To start off, the King Coconut has less sugar and tastes far better than the Coconut. Consuming King Coconut water expels heat from the body and rehydrates the body in a matter of minutes when it is in a state of dehydration. It also helps dehydration and fatigue by replenishing electrolytes lost through sweating. An abundance of antioxidants in the King Coconut will improve the function of the human immune system and can protect the body from viral infections and viral attacks. In addition to this, the King Coconut contains more potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, calcium, sodium, phosphate, folate, bromium, zinc, iron, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E than the Coconut. It is a natural doctor as it alleviates kidney disorders, urinary tract disorders, bladder infections, gall bladder disease, gastritis, flushes out toxins, purifies blood, regulates cholesterol levels, lower the risk of heart disease and cancer (due to the high level of carotenoids and antioxidants). The King Coconut towers above his cousin and is the undisputed champion when it comes to the overabundance of nutritional and healing properties. This is why Sri Lankans reach for a King Coconut, and not a regular Coconut when it is hot and humid, or when illness is on the rise.

So, as all the above information portrays, the King Coconut wins the race by a country mile when consumed as a beverage for its health benefits. Perhaps this comparison was unnecessary as the clue is already in its name; KING Coconut, to prove that it is not just a common coconut, but in fact is royalty and the true King of its kind.