Almost everyone can find at least a little bit of joy in snacking on something coconut. You can add it to just about anything and it had a wonderful, mild flavor. As similar as all the different styles of coconut seem, though, there is actually quite the variety out there. For example, dried coconut comes in several styles: desiccated, shredded, grated and flaked. Because there is very little difference between them, these terms are used interchangeably in recipes. If you you're curious about the difference, though, read on.

Flaked Coconut

Flaked coconut has the largest pieces. A special coconut grater creates long and wide flakes as you run the scraper over the coconut. A lot of the time sugar is added to the dried flaked coconut that is sold in cans.

Shredded Coconut

Shredded coconut pieces are smaller than flaked. They look like thin strands. A grater with holes has a rough edge and as you scrape, it cuts long and thin strips.

Grated Coconut

Grated coconut pieces are the smallest. Use a coconut scraper with sharp teeth get the finer flakes.

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