from the outside it looks just like a regular coconut...
...but once opened... it's nothing like a regular coconut at all!
the "meat" is all flaky and grainy and NOT sweet! it tastes a little bit like a curd cheese or a rubbery kind of cream cheese.
to tell you the truth: i was a bit disappointed.
i am a big coconut fan, but this was not my taste. i expected something more coconutty:
according to legend told in central java, it is believed that the moon itself ate the meat of the nut during a lunar eclipse. therefore, eating that kind of nut used to be taboo!
let me tell you about the origin of this kind of coconut anyway: "kelapa kopyor" is indiginous to indonesia. it grows on a regular coconut tree! it's a genetic mutation (abnormal fruit endosperm controlled by a recessive gene) that might occur if the tree has a growth spurt during the fruiting process.
in indonesia the kopyor is prepared as a dessert: scoop out the flesh and mix it with the coconut water, rose syrup, and ice cubes.
since kopyors are rare there is also a recipe to create a fake kopyor from a regular coconut(!). for this one mixes the water and meat of a young coconut with agar agar to recreate the "jelly".
so how do people know that the nut is a kopyor? they shake it, or rather move it gently from left to right... if it feels like there are solid components inside, chances are it might be a kopyor...