King Coconut – Amazing Fruit Native to Sri Lanka, 5 Benefits

Trying out the king coconut myself
King coconut – amazing fruits of sri lanka

All About King Coconut:

Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundance of this fruit. This fruit is native to Sri Lanka. It has less sugar than coconut. King coconut water has been used in Ayurveda – Herbal medicine practised in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Fun fact: Natives call it “Thambili” which means the colour orange. The local fruit that’s most similar to Oranges (the fruit) in Sri Lanka is green.

King coconut – amazing fruits of 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.

It’s 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.

A king coconut fruit stand
King coconut – amazing fruits of sri lanka

It was almost impossible to walk past by and not stop for a drink, especially on a dry and hot day. Its water is so hydrating, and refreshing and tastes sweet.

Tasting the distinctive sweet taste of king coconut water
King coconut – amazing fruits of sri lanka

Usually, the roadside vendor will ask you if you want them to cut it open for you and have it on the spot. They usually cut it at the top around the stem end to create a sloping edge. Once you finish 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.

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King coconut – amazing fruits of sri lanka

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 why vendors don’t usually offer to cut the coconut in half.

Benefits Of Coconut:

This fruit’s water is a natural purifier and hydrator for our body. It is not a secret that it’s packed with vitamins and minerals and extremely beneficial for us.

King coconut

In Sri Lanka, King Coconuts grow even with little to no human intervention, and you can cultivate it without using any pesticides or fertilizers which makes it really healthy and nourishing!

Your Questions

What is king coconut?

King coconut is a variety of coconut, native to Sri Lanka.
The scientific name is Cocos nucifera.
The flesh is edible but the organic king coconut water is what it’s used for. You can the water directly as many natives do or make king coconut cocktails.

Where can you find King Coconut Fruit?

This fruit is native to Sri Lanka. You can find King Coconut water and whole King Coconuts in various health food stores.


If you want to know about the Sapodilla fruit, click here.


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Inga became vegan in March 2018. After a series of documentaries that hit hard, she and her husband switched to a plant-based diet within a week and vegan soon after.Inga has a UK Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Diet and Nutrition. is a blog for anyone who strives for a healthy and happy life. We share 100% plant-based (and often healthy and oil-free) recipes and give you the best tips on finding vegan local food whilst travelling and living a plant-based lifestyle focusing on good health and spiritual wellbeing.

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