The coconut provides a nutritious source of food that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. When selecting a coconut, shake it up and down a little to see if there is water inside the coconut. If you do not hear anything at all, this means that the coconut is too ripe and will likely taste soapy. Avoid any coconuts that are cracked or punctured. There must be no moisture leaking from its three dark eyes. A good coconut is a heavy; compare it with other coconuts to feel the differing weights.