Flavours we love: coconut and rose

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Flavours we love: coconut and rose

Passionate about South Indian curry? Lover of a little Turkish delight? You will be powerless to resist these distinctive flavours. Trust us…and consider yourself seduced

Coconut loves…

beetroot, cardamom, chilli, chicken, coriander, ginger, lemon, mango, peanuts, pistachios, pork, prawns.

Who is nuts for coconut?

Award-winning New York-based chef Marcus Samuelsson loves the tropical fruit for the sweet crunchiness it adds to food. The Chopped judge says: “ Not only is it delicious, but the fruit is also versatile since all parts of it can be put to use. While most people use the flesh of the coconut in their cooking, coconut water and oil are also known to have numerous health benefits.”



Coconut water, the sweetish liquid inside the young fruit, is a refreshing, rehydrating drink. It is believed to be a natural “energy” drink high in minerals and potassium.


Often used as a dairy substitute, these come from the kernels of mature coconuts. Hot water is pressed through the grated coconut. When refrigerated and left to set, the coconut cream rises to the top and separates from the milk. The former is often used in desserts, the latter in Asian curries.


The milk can be used to produce virgin coconut oil, a vegan substitute for butter, by controlled heating and removal of the oil, which can be used for low and medium-heat cooking.

A beautiful dish of rose harissa with labneh

Rose loves…

cauliflower, coffee, dark chocolate, lamb, orange, raspberries, saffron, smoked fish, white chocolate


Rose-water, made by steeping rose petals in water, has been used to flavour Middle Eastern, Indian and Chinese food for centuries. Try these five handy tips

DRIZZLE rose-water over a salad of beetroot and feta.

SPRAY a little into a glass of sparkling wine.

MIX it with honey, then drizzle over plain yoghurt, crème fraîche or mascarpone and top with chopped pistachios.

SPRINKLE over a couscous salad or biryani just before serving.

STIR rose-water through cream and serve with strawberries.

Cooking with coconut and rose

Try these sublime recipes starring coconut and rose

Coconut cake with rose-water icing and candied rose petals

Rose harissa with labneh

Fresh coconut and baby marrow noodle salad

Badam (almond) rose-and-coconut milk jelly

Chicken kerala

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The TASTE team is a happy bunch of keen cooks and writers, always on the look out for the next food trend or the next piece of cake.

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