Shredded coconut refers to the flesh of a coconut that has been finely grated into thin, thread-like pieces. It is a common ingredient used in both sweet and savory dishes, adding a tropical and nutty flavor. In sweet recipes, shredded coconut is often used in baked goods such as cakes, cookies, and bars. It can be toasted to enhance its flavor and texture, or used as a topping for desserts like puddings and ice cream. Shredded coconut is also a key ingredient in many tropical-inspired dishes, such as curries, stir-fries, and coconut-based sauces.