Is Coconut a Fruit or a Nut?


Is Coconut a Fruit or a Nut?


Is coconut a fruit or a nut? Fresh young coconuts are popular on a raw food diet. They alkalize you (increase your pH) and are natural electrolytes (it re-mineralizes you – a natural Gatorade).

To me fresh young coconuts are a special treat, my kids love them, they go very well in smoothies and the white meat is great in many raw food desert recipes. Coconut milk is a great alternative to dairy – a must have for vegans or for the growing group of people that is allergic to milk.

But what is a coconut? For a food that I like so much, I realized I didn’t know much about it. And I was wondering:

Is coconut a fruit or a nut?

Coconut is a large palm, growing to 30 m tall. The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit.

Botanically the coconut fruit is a drupe, not a true nut. A drupe is a fruit in which an outer fleshy part surrounds a pit of hardened endocarp with a seed inside.

Coconuts sold in the shops of non-tropical countries often have their husk removed. Thus the coconut as you know it in non-tropical countries is the pit or seed of the coconut fruit. The white flesh and water are the insides of the seed.

Other Drupes

Other drupes are coffee, mango, olive, date, pistachio, almonds, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, and plum.

So, is coconut a fruit or a nut?

Almonds, peaches and mango are in the same drupe family as coconuts? I always considered almonds nuts and peaches and mangoes fruits. So for me (clearly not a botanic) it seems that coconuts are somewhat of a crossing between a fruit and a nut. And we are eating the flesh and drinking the water of a huge seed.



Esme Stevens is the president of Raw Food Europe and has the number 1 website for starters of a raw food diet:


This article appears in ISSUE 14 of Healthy Juicing Magazine.
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How to Eat Chayote

How to Eat Chayote

Today Mike Foster is going to show you how to eat chayote—chayote. This is called the vegetable pear. It’s not from the pear family.
It’s really from the gourd family, kind of cucumber-like. He is going to show you how to eat it. You can eat it raw. You can eat it savory. It’s got a little cucumber taste. It doesn’t taste like a pear really.

It’s a little slimier than any of those things he just mentioned.

It was originally from Mexico. It’s grown in warm-weather places like Costa Rica, and in fact, in Australia it’s called choco.

It’s high in fiber, vitamin C—vitamin B. It’s got really good properties that help lower your blood pressure, and they say it works to take care of kidney stones.

You could eat it several ways—raw, savory, and he is going to show you a couple of ways right now in the video.



Mike Foster is the creator of, a video website dedicated to healthy lifestyle, personal development, entertainment, cooking, how-to, and killer videos. He enjoys making videos that encourage you to think and learn and enjoy life, but also funny ones that, hopefully, give you a good chuckle.

Anti-Inflammatory Chayote Juice Recipe

  • 2 carrots
  • 2 apples
  • ½ chayote
  • 1 celery rib

Put everything through a juicer. Makes about 800ml of juice
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Chayote Lemonade

Fruit drinks. Fresh lemonade with sugar. Margarita cocktail

Fruit drinks. Fresh lemonade with sugar. Margarita cocktail

  • 4 chayote’s
  • 6 cups of water
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Raw honey or other sweetener to taste

Remove the thin pit from inside the chayote’s.  Blend the chayote’s with 1 cup of water or more if needed.  Strain and add to a large pitcher.  Add the remaining water, lemon juice, and sweetener.  Serve over ice.

Melon-Chayote Juice Recipe

  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 chayote

Juice everything.  Makes about 1000ml of juice.  Best served with ice.
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Coconut Chayote Smoothie

smoothie chayote

  • 1 chayote
  • 1-2 handfuls of kale
  • 1 celery rib
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Water (if you want it thinner)

Blend all the ingredients.  If it is too thick, then add water, coconut water, or more coconut milk.


This article appears in ISSUE 22 of Healthy Juicing Magazine

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