The last time I remember opening a coconut was when I was younger than 5. I remember really disliking the taste. I also remember the coconut being round, and brown. I've always disliked the taste of dried coconut you find candy made out of, but regardless I decided to purchase a "white coconut" from the grocery today. It has an off-white/beige hull with remarkably, a cylindrical/cone shape like it was grown in a shaped container. Where do these things come from? By the way, after hacking at it with my knife, I finally got to the water. I remembered hating the way it tasted, but I filled a glass full and ended up drinking it all. Very tasty. The white flesh was also delicious, much different than I remember. I almost couldn't get enough.