Chefs tap into the coconut for its exotic, healthful qualities

Chefs tap into the coconut for its exotic, healthful qualities

Like many traditional but slightly offbeat ingredients, coconut is enjoying a resurgence in popularity these days. It’s homey yet slightly exotic appeal is getting an extra bump from its trendy by-product, coconut water, which is taking a chunk out of the sports drink market.

March was coconut month at Sola restaurant in Chicago, where chef-owner Carol Wallack served — besides the more obvious offerings of coconut sorbet, macaroons and tuiles — a hearts of palm and coconut salad,

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