Had a (non)-Paleo dinner with a friend of mine who used to be into Raw Food and things of that ilk -- as we discussed matters Paleo, coconuts came up as a topic of conversation.
As he remarked on the recent growing popularity of coconuts and their quasi-omni-presence in all sorts of other related food products -- he mentioned that there had been word/rumor/urban legend that a kindergarten teacher would dip whole (unbroken) young coconuts in dye and upon being broken open, the coconut water would have taken on the color of the dye i.e. demonstrating the permeability of the young coconut shell. This is notable, because, allegedly, coconuts are being dipped in formaldehyde for purposes of preservation.
This could very well be nothing more than typical toxin du jour urban legend or on the other hand, there could be something to this story.
I have taken a quick look-see around on the net and find conflicting stories. Anyone have anything definitive on this?
PS Yes, I know Matt Amsden had a batch of Thai young coconuts tested and didn't find anything.