Coquito nuts are the fruits from a feather-leaved palm (Jubaea chilensis) native to Chile, having a thick trunk from which is obtained a sugary sap used for making wine and a kind of honey, and widely cultivated as an ornamental in warm dry regions. (Spanish, diminutive of coco, coco palm, from Portuguese côco; see coconut.) Coquito nuts look and taste like miniature coconuts. They have a brown exterior and a white interior with a hollow center. They measure about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter. They are completely edible (raw or cooked), and have a very similar flavor to coconuts. They are crunchy, yet soft texture and have an almond like sweetness.
Coquito nuts, also referred to as coker nuts, pygmy coconuts or monkey's coconut, are the fruit of a Chilean palm tree. The tree, Jubaea chilensis, takes up to fifty years to achieve maturity, and is native to the coastal valleys in Chile. These trees are grown in humid heat, neither extremes of hot or cold. Due to its need of humid climate and heat, this palm tree is now able to grow worldwide in Mediterranean-type climates. Some places this it can be found include the state of California.
Coquito nuts can be eaten whole, raw, or cooked. Whole or chopped coquito nuts can be chopped can be added to a variety of foods, including desserts, savoury foods, and drinks. They are grown year round and will stay edible for up to three weeks if kept in a refrigerator.
Below is a table of nutrients contained with 1 serving (g) of coquito nuts, based on a 2000 calorie diet.
|Nutrients||Amount||Pct daily value|
|Total calories||110 (90 cals from fat)||-|
|Total fat||10 grams||15%|
|Saturated fat||9 grams||45%|
|Dietary fibre||3 grams||12%|
Read in another language
This page is available in 1 language