Karen's reply: Good timing Jo, as it just so happens that a few weeks ago The Fresh Network began stocking a product new to the UK - young coconut water in a carton. What makes this product special (and unique) is the fact that despite being in a pack, it's unpasteurised and raw, and very lovely it is too! Pete wrote an excellent piece about it on The Fresh Network blog, which you can read here. We have all been drinking them by the case load!
As far as the real deal goes, unfortunately getting hold of young coconuts outside of major cities in the UK is rare. If you ever go into London then China Town is a safe bet, or if you are within driving distance of any oriental shop then they may stock them, or at least order them in for you on request. The only down side of buying the fresh coconuts is that they tend to go off quite quickly and sometimes they are already off when you bring them home - by which point it's too late - not a good feeling! The ones in the cartons have several months shelf-life, thanks to the way the product is cultivated, and, as they are tested before packaging they are also guaranteed to be good to go and not fermented.
Although we'd all prefer the real thing, the Dr Martins coconut water seems to be the best alternative currently available, and if you take a look at the way its been created, it's hard to see how anyone could come up with anything better.
We also have the coconut milk coming into stock in the next week or two, which is thicker and creamier (it contains the flesh of the young coco as well as the water) - my personal favourite!
If you'd like to order simply click here or call The Fresh Network on 0845 833 7017.
Hope this helps!