Coconut Water Production
September 9, 2011
A few days ago, local workers came to cut down several coconut trees and all the coconuts on the trees in our compound. There are about 20 - 30 coconut trees in our back yard. They are very precious and beautiful but they are also dangerous. Every time we hear a thud when one hits the ground, it makes us wary about walking around the yard and beach. So we were grateful when the landlord came to trim them back.
Of course, the added bonus was that the team managed to harvest hundreds of coconuts. Many coconuts fell on the street outside our compound and our neighbors were able to gather them for themselves. But still hundreds of coconuts were left on in our backyard too. By the time I got outside, even those were in short supply, but I managed to score about 25 of them. I also had to work on cleaning up the bad coconuts that nobody wants, but after a little work we got to refresh ourselves with fresh coconut water out of a coconut! This is island life!
I purchased a special tool to make a hole on the coconut so that we can get the water out without breaking it. This works really well and it will clearly become a must-have tool in my kitchen.
The instuructions that came with the tool say to cut off the leaf at the top and make the hole there but when I researched a little bit on the net, many of them suggested you can cut on the mid part of the body too. The top did seem easier and with just a little effort, we pulled off the top, bore the hole, pulled out the plug and enjoyed fresh coconut water on a hot, tropical day.
By the way, coconut water is not only delicious, it also has many health benefits too. It contains sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, cytokines and phyto-hormones. It is a great souce of potassium, magnesium and B-complex vitamins. It is known to promote heart and kidney health and also helps to fights aging. (read more detail regarding the nutiricion information about coconut water). What a great natural resouce it is! There is no reason to pass on free coconuts. I can't wait to receive my blender so that I can make a fresh smothie with fresh coconut water. Or maybe some coctails with rum or gin? So many possibilities...