Įgua de Coco
(Coconut Water)

Loaded with all sorts of minerals (extremely high potassium content) and - contrary to what you may expect - very low in fat, coconut water is a favorite drink of Brazilians all over. It's also a multi-million dollar business, with extensive areas devoted to coconut plantations to supply thirsty beachgoers and fitness buffs (you drink it in health clubs everywhere).

In Brazil it's sold in large drink cartons at the supermarket; in the U.S., Brazilian coconut water (as far as I can tell) is only available in small drink cartons imported from Brazil. I keep dozens of them in my fridge...and so should you!

And to think that the coconut palm is not even a native of Brazil!!

Maria's Cookbook