Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundance of king coconut, after all, it’s an Island of coconut. Natives called it Thambili which means the colour orange.
Side note: Oranges (the fruit) in Sri Lanka is actually green which caused a lot of confusion in language when English and the oranges were first introduced to Sri Lanka.
Its bright orange colour can be identified from a distance. The younger the coconut the brighter the shade of orange it would be. Older coconuts will have thick and dull skin.
King coconut is available year round and it’s everywhere. It can be seen on the beaches and in roadside kiosks throughout the country, on the backs of bicycles, mopeds and trucks.
It was almost impossible to walk pass by and not to stop and to relish its drink, especially on a dry and hot day. Its water is so hydrating, refreshing and tastes sweet with tropical flavour.
Usually, the roadside vendor will ask you if you want them to cut it open for you and have it on the spot. They normally cut it at the top around the stem end create a sloping edge. Once you finished its delicious water, ask them to open the coconut in half so you can taste its flesh which is a soft and sweet gelatinous layer.
In my experience, not many vendors will do it for you until you ask them to. The younger the coconut the lesser flesh it will have and sometimes none. Perhaps this is the reason that vendors don’t usually offer to cut the coconut in half.
King Coconut water is natural purifier and dehydrator to our body. It is not a secret that it’s packed with vitamins and minerals and extremely beneficial for us.