We all know what Coconuts are, but have you ever heard of a “king coconut”? This bright orange nut, that looks like a regular Coconut except for its radiant color, is indigenous to the South Asian country of Sri Lanka.
As a drink, “thambili” as it is known in the primary language spoken in Sri Lanka, is more popular than Regular Coconut water. When Sri Lankans want a refreshing drink in the hot, humid weather of the tropical island, they usually go looking for a king coconut, which is widely available in roadside stalls.
How Is It Different from Green Coconuts
Unlike green coconuts, which are used for a variety of products from water and oil to milk and flour, the King Coconuts are only used for its water. Some argue that they have a better balance of sweetness when compared with regular coconuts. However, the sweetness level of any coconut varies greatly.
King coconut water has been called the “fluid of life” and “living pharmacy” due to it its nutritional value. In addition to being a refreshing drink, it is rejuvenating and healthy, filled with electrolytes almost identical to those found in our bodies.
In Sri Lanka, king coconut water has always been used as a remedy for various ailments. This water comes in a state that is naturally sterile, and thus, is a good substitute of saline. It has also given to people with kidney disorders and urinary tract problems. And, there has also been some evidence that drinking king coconut water could aid in weight control.
While there is a slow but growing demand for king coconuts around the world, the limited supply is preventing this nutritious, naturally good and tasty beverage from reaching the masses.