Young coconut is called buko. Its flesh is soft, thin and silky — you can easily scrape it off with a spoon. In contrast, the flesh of a mature coconut is niyog, which is thick and hard and needs to be grated off the shell.
There is a favorite flavor combination in the Philippines called buko pandan, which is tender white coconut and fragrant screwpine leaves.
A popular Filipino treat with Japanese origins, haluhalo consists of a blend of fruits, sweet preserves, evaporated milk, and shaved ice. It is frequently topped with a scoop of ice cream. The name literally means “Mix-Mix” referring to the hodgepodge of ingredients.