As the trend on plant-based alternatives continue to rise, iTi’s Innovation Team has developed plant-based stock and broth recipes that utilize coconut water as a base. Why coconut water? It’s incredibly versatile!
iTi Tropicals finds that coconut water adds a very subtle yet pleasing flavor when combined with other ingredients. And coconut water can be utilized as a natural hydration source because it is comprised of five electrolytes, including potassium and sodium. Additionally, it does not contain any added sugars, cholesterol, or fat.
When making a traditional stock, chicken or beef bones are typically boiled with ingredients such as onions, carrots, leeks, celery, bay leaves, parsley, and peppercorns. The stock or broth then is skimmed to remove any fat from the animal bones and then strained through a chinois strainer. Then, salt is typically added to taste and the stock is ready to be used in any soup recipe.
Todays’ trends call for more plant-based options, even with soups and stocks. And coconut water is the ideal ingredient to make them vegan and flavorful. Coconut water provides just enough flavor to replace the flavors provided by traditional animal-based ingredients, while still complementing the vegetables in the stock.
Another great thing to note about coconut water: there is no fat, which eliminates the need to skim the stock or broth. Coconut water also naturally contains sodium, eliminating the need to add salt as an ingredient. This means no added sodium to your stock recipe!
iTi Tropicals considers coconut water a key functional ingredient and an important tool that offers our customers the differentiation they need to appeal to their consumers. iTi Tropicals offers a wide variety of coconut water products. To learn more about what iTi Tropicals’ coconut water can do for your product line, visit ititropicals.com/products/coconut-water-concentrate.