At the supermarket or markets you see some cool fruits and often you can see these furry whole coconuts looking so yummy but also they look so daunting. I thought everyone knew how to open these but as it turns out that doesn’t seem to be the case so I thought I’d share how to buy a fresh coconut and open it for the yummy goodness inside. Chose a coconut that sounds like it has milk inside when you shake it. Once you get it home; get a hammer and a nail. Find the three circular indentations and hammer a nail right through each circle through the shell until you get into the flesh.
Once you’ve got as much milk out as you can get your hammer and gently tap the shell in the middle between the circles and the pointed end. Warning do this outside on the concrete. Gently tap the shell working your way around the coconut turning the coconut as you go. This should only take a few taps maybe going round once or twice.
Opening the coconut is the easy part. The hard part is getting the flesh out. To get the coconut flesh out I use a sharp knife to cut the flesh and kind of flick the flesh out. Often I go round and eat straight from the coconut shell by cutting and flicking the flesh out.
So a fresh coconut will give you yummy flesh, coconut milk, and some cool shells to play with. The flesh of a fresh coconut has many uses you can eat it fresh, you can dry the flesh for later, make coconut milk, you can even make your own coconut flour. So next time you see a coconut you’ll want to pop it open and have a play. You’ll never look at the brown shells the same again. Enjoy.
What do you like to do with fresh coconuts?