We had coconut trees around our house growing up. We also had a helper who loved climbing the trees. Eugenia would climb trees without making grooves on the trunk. She would simply use her hands and feet to reach scary heights. She also climbed the trees in a dress without exposing herself – how she did that, I do not know. She also opened the coconuts. Needless to say, our family has always loved coconuts. I’m a little sad now that I never learned how to open green coconuts (or climb for them) though.
Yesterday, at my health food store, they were selling Florida grown organic coconuts from Glaser Farms. I took a chance and bought one. My husband’s jaw dropped because I paid around $6.50 for just one green coconut (but it’s organic, I exclaimed!)… not to mention, it required a lot of ‘work’ just to open it. I’m pretty adept at opening those Thai Coconuts that come all white, ready and packaged in plastic… and that ‘only’ cost around $3.50… but, as Tristan the produce buyer reminded me, are sprayed to keep them ‘white’. But I really wanted to try a local and organic coconut and I also wanted a kitchen adventure.
Green coconut in hand, I imagined I was stuck on an island by myself with only a cleaver, my thirst and hunger. Well… I think I would’ve almost died of thirst… it took me a LOOOOONG 15 minutes. I should’ve researched on youtube first for inspiration, but there isn’t any youtube on deserted islands.
Anyway, I awoke from my dream and now am prepared with more information. Next time I buy a green coconut:
1. I’m going to bounce the green coconut on a rock outdoors first. Not only does it look fun, but what a time saver… and oh yeah, you can compost at the same time.
2. I need to sharpen my machete and hire someone from Trinadad to teach me how they do it over there (watch end of the clip):
3. Please let me know how you compost your coconut shells because my 2 year old coconut shells in the compost still look kind of new… but here’s why I want to compost coconuts anyway.