Dry matter content of coconut water before and after sterilisations and storage at 4°C. Aliquots (1 mL) of the different samples of coconut water were centrifuged and the supernatant discarded (this was done in triplicates). The pellets were dried at 60°C and weighed every 30 minutes until a constant weight was obtained (Sartorius CP64 weighing balance). The averages of three weights for each sample were plotted with the standard error indicated as error bars. The large standard errors (error bars) observed for the irradiated and fresh coconut water after storage were as a result of the fact that the sediments settles to the base of the bottle very fast when mixed before measuring out the needed volume for analysis. FCW2, FCW3, FCW4, = are different samples of fresh coconut water; SFCW3 = stored fresh coconut water sample; ACW2 = autoclaved coconut water sample; SACW2 = stored autoclaved coconut water sample; RCW = irradiated coconut water; SRCW4 = stored irradiated coconut water sample.