The fruit of the coconut palm, made up of a fibrous husk surrounding large, brown, hard-shelled seed. The coconut seed contains white flesh surrounding a juice-filled central cavity. Unripe coconut flesh is jellylike; when ripe the flesh becomes firm and white in color. The flesh of the coconut is shredded for use in food and confections or for the extraction of coconut oil. The flesh can also be boiled with water or milk to produce coconut milk or coconut cream. Fresh coconuts are available year-round. Packaged coconut flesh is also available sweetened or unsweetened, shredded or flaked.