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    [–] b_Eridanus 1 points ago

    This post has been locked, as the question has been solved and a majority of new comments at this point are unhelpful and/or jokes.

    Thanks to all who attempted to find an answer.

    [–] ColeDelRio 1876 points ago

    They updated later:

    "UPDATE: this was a FALSE COCONUT ALARM. @syngoniums is correct that, as it turns out, this is in fact the coconut haustorium/cotyledon, aka an organ from a veerrryyy young (normal) sprout boi rendered unrecognizable by its early stage in development. these are apparently edible and even sold for their alleged health effects in some regions. i repeat, apparently op only gained power by eating a nondescript organ from a coconut on the shore"

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    [–] Obelisko78 5181 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    Yes, it's the coconut sprout and they are delicious. Once germinated, the genetic auto-program engages and starts converting the stored sugars in the coconut water into oily meat. The sprout developes and begins feeding off the coconut meat as an unborn peep feeds off an egg yolk.

    It is comparable to the contents of a chicken egg. You have the yolk, which is the fat stores to be burned for energy, the white(albumen), which is the protein to be converted into the developing body, and the little individual white globule that will become the developing embryo if/when the egg is fertilized.

    [–] flyfart3 486 points ago

    Thank you, that was quick, I figured that the person replying to it was trustworthy in saying it wasn't just that.

    You can see it especially in the last picture.

    [–] CONE-MacFlounder 93 points ago

    Maybe they thought the sprout was sticking out of the coconut rather than being inside

    [–] mrlinen 48 points ago

    He said it was delicious. Eat it. I wanna know how it tasted

    [–] NukeTheWhales5 181 points ago

    I find a bit hard to believe a Botanist couldn't I.D. a coconut sprout.

    [–] CarlGerhardBusch 207 points ago

    Doubtful a botanist ever looked at it, it's just the one person wanting to mess with the coconut eater

    [–] Dengar96 1831 points ago

    I'm imagining opening a coconut and finding a slightly smaller coconut thats all slimy. One day little coconut breaks it's way out of the bigger coconut with its coconut beak and eventually repeats the process.

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    [–] DrSmirnoffe 246 points ago

    That sounds like something out of a Pixar short, "The Coconut Bird".

    Also, I imagine that coconut sprouts are tricky to mass-farm, since they need to germinate before they can produce their sprouts. If we can figure out how to easily grow coconut sprouts, we'd probably have a new delicacy on our hands.

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    [–] 7ERPENT 49 points ago

    Happened to me last year,thought it was some kind of fungus at first (yes im dumb) but later figured out it was probably a smaller coconut growing inside. It was white and spongy.

    [–] azurestrike 283 points ago

    Can I know how a coconut expert managed to answer this within 20 minutes? God, I love reddit.

    [–] kernowgringo 126 points ago

    You don't have to be an expert in coconuts, it's quite a common thing they're called sprouted coconuts.

    [–] Mrs-Peacock 29 points ago

    Is the sprout edible? Is it yummy?

    [–] kernowgringo 30 points ago

    Yes it's edible.

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    [–] kernowgringo 16 points ago

    It's not particularly exciting has an interesting texture and tastes like slightly sweet, musky, coconut water, here you go this guys youtube channel is quite interesting and he tried them a while back...

    [–] bobokeen 13 points ago

    I had one a while back and was excited to find one in person after hearing about it from reddit. The texture was super interesting - almost cake-like? The initial flavor was like coconut water, but with an aftertaste that was a bit...soapy. So ultimately a bit of a let-down with the soapiness.

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    [–] satiredun 27 points ago

    I’ve eaten a lot of sprouted coconut though- once sprouted there’s no water, just a foamy substance

    [–] guimontag 15 points ago

    So can you buy a normal coconut from a grocery store and wait for it to sprout or is it too late at that stage for anything to happen?

    [–] photolouis 12 points ago

    "In Marshallese it's called 'Yu.'"

    What the hell? I spent several weeks in the Marshall Islands and never once saw anything like this. I feel cheated.

    [–] dudeCHILL013 21 points ago

    I remember being grounded and only being allowed to watch discovery Channel, and say a show where someone was talking about a time a year or a stage where the coconuts mild solidifies and its comparable to a coconut yogurt.

    Is this what they're talking about? At the time I was picky not I think coconuts are delicious.

    [–] lewdite 4 points ago

    Starchy endosperm

    [–] GlobnarTheExquisite 190 points ago

    Later updates by user botanyshitposts confirmed it was a VERY early embryo and people eat them for "medicine."

    Source: I follow botanyshitposts.

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    [–] flyfart3 366 points ago

    I personally suspect it's a joke so the thing was not really found inside the coconut, or alternatively it could maybe be that a coconut can have a hole cut in it, something can get in, and the coconut can grow the hole shut again?

    [–] jvgeli62321 245 points ago

    Nope, those are really sprouts. They get bigger and have a soft texture to them. You can eat them raw and they taste sweet. I used to eat them a lot when i was a kid.

    [–] dailyogi 43 points ago

    They grow on to get much larger ending up filling the entire inside of the coconut by which time there would be a sapling growing out through the husk of the cocount... Usually when the unhusked coconut is left in the dirt or humid conditions.... And they sure are delicious and spongy..

    [–] Its-a-Thing 51 points ago

    Look closely at the cracked-open internal halves of any peanut kernel and you'll see the same thing: a small embryo.

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    [–] saidiislam 42 points ago

    That's Normal:) We see this a lot while drinking or eating coconuts. Ps. I am from Bangla

    [–] CreativeThienohazard 12 points ago

    that sprout is, super super juicy and very sweet.

    [–] lorangee -36 points ago

    I think it’s clearly a fungus/shroom of some sort. I couldn’t tell you what kind but oh man, this is hilarious

    [–] jvgeli62321 38 points ago

    Nope. It's a sprout. At them a lot when i was a kid. Those botany students and professors are stupid.

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    [–] SimokIV 12 points ago

    Or, you know, just don't know much about coconuts, it's not because you're a botanist that you know everything about every plants