Nata de coco is a chewy, translucent,
jelly-like food product produced by the bacterial fermentation of
coconut water and carrageenan (a family of linear
sulphated polysaccharides which are extracted from red seaweeds).
Left: Nata de coco.
Nata de coco is most commonly sweetened as a candy or
dessert, and can accompany many things including pickles, drinks, ice cream,
puddings and fruit mixes. The product originates from the Philippines.
"Nata de coco" comes from Spanish "Cream of Coconut". Cream
in this sense means the fat from the coconut milk. The Spanish name is a result
of Spain's colonization of the Philippines.