I'm asking in reference to this answer which I’m workin on in Worldbuilding.

I can look up the nutritional information on coconut and that gives vales for 100 gram portions. But how many grams of that stuff is in one (wild!) coconut, on average?

Suppose you needed 1000 g of fresh shreaded coconut for a recipe. How many drupes would you buy?

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I don't know how big wild coconuts typically are, but the USDA says that one medium coconut has 397 grams of meat. Good enough for back-of-the-envelope calculations, perhaps?


The wild form of the coconut has a smaller, more elongated seed with less flesh and a larger air cavity than the modern varieties - these adaptations make them more buoyant, while modern coconuts were bred for larger, more spherical seeds with more flesh and water, as we saw these as desirable traits.

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    Thanks for your input. Can you please answer the question, which is about the yield and not any other aspect, as interesting as they may be. The tour and the help center, especially How to Answer should be helpful.
    – Stephie
    Commented Apr 24 at 16:54
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    It at least suggests that the answer is very likely less than the other answer… how much less may be a function of the species or what region the coconut is coming from
    – Joe
    Commented Apr 24 at 17:54

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