The white meat of a coconut has a distinctive nutty flavour with sweet undertones and is encased in a thick fibrous skin with brown bristly hairs. Grated coconut forms the basis of South Indian cooking to make gravies, curries etc. Coconut is shredded or flaked for use in baked goods or candies. Coconut milk, cream, water etc are use in recipes as flavor enhancers. Coconut can be used to make chutneys, podis, sweets like pongal, barfi etc. The coconut water/juice is a nutritious refreshing drink especially for those people with kidney and urinary bladder problems. Coconut juice is highly alkaline. Coconut water is rich in potassium too.