Harmless Harvest – 100% Organic & Raw Coconut Water

Have you tried coconut water yet? Since the commercial-scale introduction of coconut water to the US in 2004, this product has experienced a surge in popularity unrivaled even by pop stars or charismatic politicians. If you’re not familiar with coconut water (sometimes called coconut juice), it’s the liquid inside young, green coconuts. Clear or slightly yellow in color, coconut water has a delicate flavor and contains no fat. Coconut water should not be confused with coconut milk, which is an opaque, white liquid, high in fat, used mostly for cooking. Fresh coconut water has been consumed for millennia in the tropics. Those of us who live in cooler climes, however, have access only to the shelf-stable, pasteurized varieties in cans or tetrapaks (the rectangular, recyclable containers used so often for shelf-stable beverages). At least, that was the case until Harmless Harvest came along.

To eliminate pathogens Harmless Harvest coconut water is treated with a process called HPP or High Pressure Processing. This minimally affects the flavor of products, unlike heat pasteurization, which is known to change taste significantly.

To eliminate pathogens Harmless Harvest coconut water is treated with a process called HPP or High Pressure Processing. This minimally affects the flavor of products, unlike heat pasteurization, which is known to change taste significantly.

Using a technology relatively new to the food industry, Harmless Harvest offers a raw, organic coconut water. Their coconut water is treated to eliminate pathogens (bacteria unfriendly to humans), but the treatment is done with pressure, not heat. This type of treatment, called HPP or High Pressure Processing, minimally affects the flavor of products, unlike heat pasteurization, which is known to change taste significantly. As I write this, I finished an article on coconut water last week for another website. I tasted 43 coconut waters, and the one I tried from Harmless Harvest really was like a different product. It was much more complex and nuanced than other coconut waters I tried.

Because they have not been hybridized with shorter – more practical - varieties, these coconut trees grow up to 100 feet high.

Because they have not been hybridized with shorter – more practical – varieties, these coconut trees grow up to 100 feet high.

The harvester climbs up a bamboo ladder and cuts a cluster off, then gently ropes it down into the canal below.

The harvester climbs up a bamboo ladder and cuts a cluster off, then gently ropes it down into the canal below.

A gatherer paddles through and collects the clusters.

A gatherer paddles through and collects the clusters.

That same evening, the day’s harvest is brought to a small facility where the water is extracted and bottled.

That same evening, the day’s harvest is brought to a small facility where the water is extracted and bottled.

But that’s not the only reason I like this small company. I talked to one of the two heads of this business for over an hour. He’s done his research, but more importantly he’s genuinely concerned about the type of product he’s bringing to market, and how it will be marketed. It’s taken these folks roughly two and a half years to get everything in this product to their satisfaction, from sourcing (farms in northern and central Thailand who have never used pesticides) to keeping coconut water’s nutrient integrity.

Electrolytes get their name from the positive or negative electrical charges they utilize to get their work done. Generally they help cells make energy and keep their physical integrity. Harmless Harvest water contains these five.

Electrolytes get their name from the positive or negative electrical charges they utilize to get their work done. Generally they help cells make energy and keep their physical integrity. Harmless Harvest water contains these five.

The emphasis isn’t on trying to convince you that coconut water is responsible for miracle cures or which celebrities they can pay to drink their coconut water. Instead, the focus here is on the product: how it tastes, how it’s obtained, keeping it safe for consumers. Call me crazy, but I think that’s the way companies should be.

Harmless Harvest will be sold exclusively at Whole Foods Markets until December 2001. Look for this happy bottle in the refrigerated section.

Harmless Harvest will be sold exclusively at Whole Foods Markets until December 2001. Look for this happy bottle in the refrigerated section.

Harmless Harvest will be sold exclusively at Whole Foods Markets until December of 2011 (you might have trouble finding it outside of the NY/NJ area until autumn); look for it in the refrigerated foods section. As usual, I urge you to do your own coconut water taste tests (though you needn’t try 43 kinds!) and see what you like. But I regard this coconut water as something special.

About author
Stephanie Zonis was born with a spoon in her mouth — a tasting spoon, that is. She began cooking (especially baking) at a very early age, and for a short time even ran a highly illegal baking business from her long-suffering parents’ house when she was in high school. After acquiring a Master’s Degree in Foods, she eventually discovered the Internet in 1997. She’s been writing about food and developing recipes, especially where chocolate is involved, ever since. During those few moments when she’s not cooking or writing or thinking about food, Stephanie enjoys reading, walking, political discussions, and volunteering at a local no-kill cat sanctuary. She has been a member of a medieval re-creation group for longer than she’ll admit and loves absurdist humor.
53 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Hi,

    Can you please tell me how long a bottle of Harmless Coconut Water lasts after opened? How can you tell if it is spoiled?

    Thanks!
    Judy

  2. Hi there
    I have heard such good things about Harmless harvest coconut water but can’t seem to find a supplier to buy the product from online in England.
    Bummer!!!
    Can anyone recommend ??

  3. I purchased today was very impressed with the product, this is the 2nd one I’ve tried. I am sorry to say the only place I have seen it is selling it for $6.99, yet I heard the most expensive was almost $3.00. We are a military family and I can’t pay that for one small bottle thats ridiculous. A few people I spoke while purchasing said that is why they refuse to buy it, now I feel like they are ripping us and your company off. I wanted to try and find a way to send my husband some over seas due to them getting dehydrated so frequently and water is not easily accessible. If thats the only place I can get it I would pay a fortune for a case. Hopefully you can fix this.

  4. Where is your product(100% Raw Coconut Water ) available in
    the Skokie(IL 60077)/ Chicago, IL area? Please provide the names of stores with locations.

  5. Where can I buy this in the Temecula or Murrieta area of so.Calif? Also, I tried to buy it by the case and the 16 oz. case of twelve bottles was $10.49 per bottle thru Amazon .com…. That is more than twice of what I paid at whole foods in Denver ( 4.99) per 16 oz. bottle!! I hope to find it closer to home at least for the same price.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AMD HELP!

    Juli brock , future addict of harmless harvest coconut water!

  6. Dear Harmless Harvest,

    Where do I begin? It’s hard to choose the correct words to say THANK YOU! You have changed my husband’s life, and let me tell you why.

    In April, 2003, my husband was diagnosed with a heart disease that almost killed him. After going through surgery to have a pacemaker/defibrillator installed in his chest, he came home with instructions to stay hydrated or else he could go into arrhythmia or even worse, possibly die. His Cardiologist at the time (2003) placed him on several medications and gave him specific instructions to drink plenty of water, water with electrolytes, Gatorade, etc…Anything with sodium! This was fine for awhile, but he continued to have arrhythmias on a monthly basis. Most only lasted about 24 hours, but there were several that would put him in bed for 48 hours or longer. This became a way of life, for years!

    One day, we were at Costco and they were giving out samples of your Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water. The salesperson explained to us why some of your coconut water is clear, and why some is pink. This person explained the health benefits and convinced us to try it. We bought our first 4-pack that day! At first, my husband didn’t see any difference in his health, but he began to like the taste so we bought more! We figured it was a healthier alternative to sports drinks, especially since they have so much sugar and artificial flavor added.

    After several months we began to notice that the arrhythmias weren’t coming as often. They didn’t go away entirely, but instead of monthly it was more like every 6 months. It has been amazing to see my husband have a little bit of freedom from what had been a part of his life for over a decade! Your product has changed his life! It’s your product too! Believe me, we’ve tried just about every brand of coconut water available, but he only likes your brand. Definitely his favorite! He has found stability in your product. It’s amazing!! So, let me conclude by saying, “thank you, thank you, thank you!”

    You’re a lifesaver and we cannot thank you enough!

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Kimberly Leonard
    23520 Carlow Road
    Torrance, CA 90505
    (310)940-0605

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