I bought a mature coconut today and some of parts of the meat had a small amount of mold on the outside of the flesh. Not knowing what it was at first, I didn't think of anything of it, but the blue cheese flavor of the coconut meat caught me off guard. Is there any danger in eating a small amount of mold? Now that I think about the coconut water was a little cloudier than normal. The remaining coconut meat doesn't have signs of mold, is it still safe to eat?
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on March 04, 2012
at 07:20 PM
IMO? Toss it. Sorry :(
My rules for mold:
Hard cheese and firm fruits and veggies can be trimmed if they have mold on them, just do a deep cut so you know you got it all out. Mold can't really tendril through the firm structure.
Soft fruit and veg, if there is mold, toss.
on March 14, 2012
at 10:01 PM
We bought a coconut at the grocery store today - well, my 11-yr-old daughter did. I didn't pay too much attention just supervised the drilling of the shell at home. Turns out, there was an almost invisible crack on the 'nut already, and not only was the thing devoid of a single drop of coconut 'milk', the flesh inside was covered with mold. Beyond her disappointment, my daughter is worried because she probably inhaled some of the mold in the process (she tried to 'drink' it through a straw before she realized it was 'empty'!). I'm told her not to worry, but to let me know if she had ANY coughing, sore throat, headache, etc.
on March 04, 2012
at 08:51 PM
I threw out 2 coconuts in a week for that problem. If I buy a "fresh" coconut, slime and mold are not good things. They were fine on the outside but I learned to be much more critical when examining them.
I had been making my own coconut milk/cream but that was pretty much the end of it because I found I was wasting most of each coconut. A very small portion once in a while is my natural pattern so if I happen to get hungry for it at some future point (hasn't happened in several months) I'll buy some unsweetened flakes and go from there.