In recent times coconuts have become sort of a miracle food, however, it has always been a favourite fruit of the people where its trees are indigenous to. In countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, coconuts are widely consumed for the cooling effects of its juices and also the flavours and texture of coconut milk (comprised of the fruit’s extracted oils and aromatic compounds), which is used for making curries and desserts.
Coconut water is a rich source of electrolytes and potassium which balances the PH levels in the body and also improves metabolism. Its flesh contains a high amount of fibre and rich in minerals such as manganese (for the immune and nervous system), potassium (necessary for proper heart function and muscle growth), and copper (supports red blood cell production).
For all its touted health benefits and flavour, tapping into a coconut might seem like an arduous task but with a simple guide to tapping a coconut, it should be as easy as drinking it.
Here is a simple guide to help you learn the art of how to open a coconut:
To start with you must select a coconut that is young. A young coconut should have a bright, off-white husk without dark spots or pink discolouration. The husk should also appear well-hydrated, without any sunken or dry spots. Select a coconut that feels heavy and full of water.
The Tap Test
A much easier approach would be to tap the coconut with your thumb and forefinger to see if you get a hollow sound (the water would produce a resonating sound inside the shell), if it passes the test then you have a young coconut ready to sip.
Get your tools ready
Get your cleaver/ coconut opener ready and select a flat surface to keep the coconut on it.
Pierce the Coconut Shell
Hold the coconut with one hand securely and select a spot away from your hand. Just tap on the selected spot using the sharp and sturdy cleaver to pierce the shell and strike the coconut at your chosen spot (be careful while you follow this step). Make a big hole to insert a straw; this will enable you to drink the juice easily and also to scoop the flesh out with a spoon.
You can enjoy the chilled coconut juice by placing a straw in one of the holes and sipping it straight from the shell, or by pouring the juice into a glass. You can also refrigerate the extra coconut water for about 4-5 days.
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