How Long Do Coconuts Last?

Coconuts are wonderful fruits and as crazy as it may sound, the uses of this wonderful fruit vary, all its parts have various purposes. You can make coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut flakes, coconut water, and dried coconut, all from this fruit, plus there are various recipes and dishes from coconut.

It is difficult to determine the condition of a coconut without opening it, and you may wonder how you should tell that it’s bad and how long it will last. Well, wonder not because we are going to help you with all of these answers. 

Coconut is a fruit that takes approximately a year to ripen on the tree, and from the time it is harvested, it circulates for about two months before it reaches the hands of stores and sellers. When you buy coconuts they will be quite ripe. 

While it takes a long while for coconuts to go bad and rotten in a way that they will need to be disposed of, they can go bad in your care if they’re not stored properly. Whole coconuts are not fresh because it takes weeks or even months for them to arrive on shelves. And since their time period is decided by how long they’ve been harvested and not how long they’ve been within the market, we will approximate the lifespan of whole coconuts to four months at room temperature. 

In other words, fresh whole coconuts will last for about 4 months at room temperature, 2-3 months in the fridge, and 6-8 months in the freezer. Whole and packed coconuts will last 6-12 months at room temperature, 6-12 months in the fridge, and 6-8 months in the freezer. Cut fresh coconuts will last several hours at room temperature, 1 week in the fridge, and 6-8 months in the freezer. And cut dried coconuts will last 4-6 months at room temperature, 6-8 months in the fridge and freezer. 

How do you know when coconuts go bad?

Telling if a coconut has gone with mere eyes is difficult. You can scan for moisture outpour and molds on cracked surfaces, also check for an odor like alcohol or vinegar. 

Do this:

  • The riper a coconut is, the less water it holds within, therefore the coconut should contain more flesh. You should shake the fruit to measure the water content. If the liquid is barely audible, you should open your coconut and eat it as soon as possible, as long as the flesh is still good. Furthermore, the coconut liquid is typically lighter than its flesh, so if it appears to possess gained weight, it’s presumably overripe.
  • There are three holes located somewhere on a coconut, which we call the eyes. You should check them for moisture release, growth or spread of molds, and a strong and sour smell. This is one of the surest ways to test a coconut’s freshness. If you find any of the mentioned signs on your coconut, be affirmed that it has spoilt and has been infested with bacteria, therefore eating it is a total disaster.
  • The final test is to open the coconut. Its smell, taste, and color in particular are the deal-breakers. Throw the coconut in the trash if you notice a peculiar odor, meat discoloration, or texture changes. After all, you do not want to urge gastrointestinal disorder.

How long do coconuts last at room temperature?

In general, the shelf life of coconuts compared to other fruits is remarkably long. Shielded by a hard husk-like cover, coconuts remain protected in their shells longer than most fruits, even at room temperature. Coconuts have their room-temperature shelf lives based on different conditions; fresh whole coconuts will last for about 4 months at room temperature, whole, and packed coconuts will last 6-12 months at room temperature, cut fresh coconuts will last several hours at room temperature, and cut dried coconuts will last 4-6 months in room temperature.

How long do coconuts last in the fridge?

You could decide to store coconuts on your counter since their life span at room temperature is just okay and the difference between refrigerating them and keeping them on the kitchen counter isn’t so great. However, if you want to refrigerate your coconut, especially one that has been cut, here is the refrigerator lifespan of coconut in various conditions; fresh whole coconuts will last about 2-3 months in the fridge, whole and packed coconuts will last 6-12 months in the fridge, cut fresh coconuts will last 1 week in the fridge, and cut dried coconuts will last 6-8 months in the fridge. 

Can you freeze coconuts?

Yes, coconuts can be frozen. It is best that you remove their husks, and drain their liquid before freezing them. 

Do this:

  • Remove the coconut husk and drain the water.
  • Chop the coconut into small chunk-like pieces. 
  • Make sure the coconuts are dried properly then place them in a plastic bag, remove any excess air, and freeze them. You can write the date on a label and paste it into your bag for time remembrance. 

How long does it take to freeze coconuts?

Coconuts should have frozen after three hours of them being in the freezer. However if you’ve observed and they are not completely frozen, another three hours will do. Or best still, overnight.

How long do coconuts last in the freezer?

All types of coconut should last for about 6 months and above in the freezer. 

How long do coconuts last in cold storage? 

Fresh whole coconuts will last for about 2-3 months in the fridge and 6-8 months in the freezer. Whole and packed coconuts will last 6-12 months in the fridge and 6-8 months in the freezer. Cut fresh coconuts will last 1 week in the fridge and 6-8 months in the freezer. And cut dried coconuts will last 6-8 months in the fridge and freezer. 

Best way to store coconuts?

The best way to keep coconuts for a very long period is by freezing, canning, or drying them, though they won’t be totally bad at room temperature or the fridge since they have a long life span. 

Simon
Simon

Writer at Foodexpired.com, love experiments and verifying facts.

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