The coconut water is usually harvested while the fruit is still green and immature and is used as a refreshing drink throughout the humid tropics.
It’s usually sold by street vendors, straight out of the fruit.
The top of the fruit is cracked open and a straw is inserted into the centre to provide access to the cooling and refreshing water.
Coconut water is available fresh from the fruit but it can also be canned or bottled for sale. Please read the label of the product you buy because some of the canned coconut water may have preservatives or additives.
I bought myself a can of 100% pure coconut water with no additives, or preservatives. I have drunk fresh coconut water from vendors, many times, in the tropics, but I must say this canned stuff did not taste like the original fresh thing. If I ever want to drink coconut water, I will stick to the original stuff from street vendors.
Coconut water is fast gaining popularity as sports drink because it’s claimed to provide an isotonic electrolyte balance due to presence of sugars, proteins, vitamins and minerals, However, this is not scientifically proven.