Picture the scene: me on the balcony in my sunglasses, sweating under the 85 degree midday sun, whacking away at a coconut that’s hanging on for dear life to its shell. It was only one euro, I had to buy it, I just didn’t think it was going to be so difficult to open. Manu saved the day though, and gave me the tips necessary to open a coconut, drink its juice and slice it up in no time.
Open the coconut:
1) Take a screwdriver and position it in one of the three holes you see on the top of the coconut. Bang it with a hammer until you create a hole big enough for the water to come out. Repeat for the other holes.
2) Shake the coconut over a bowl until all the juice comes out. (Drink it after, it's so good for you!)
3) Get your hammer, turn the coconut on its side, and give it a really powerful WHACK! until it cracks and the outer shell comes off. (You might not want to do this in your living room.)
4) Detach the inner meat from the outer, hard shell. (A very thin brown layer will remain.) You might need to hit it with your hammer a few more times to detach the rest of the outer shell. And you’re done!
Eat the coconut:
-If you like it raw as is, soak the fruit in water so it stays moist.
-Slice it in thin strips and drop it in summery cocktails as a garnish.
-Chop it and place in a food processor with some warm water, blending until it liquifies. Strain it and you’ve got fresh coconut milk.
-Slice it in strips and bake it with some sugar for dried coconut slices to eat as a snack.
-Chop it into a fruit salad for a bit of crunch.
It was super liberating finally getting this coconut open and eating it. It felt like Survivor out there on my balcony! If you're feeling adventurous, get yourself a coconut and open it yourself. Let me know how it goes!
Tomorrow is a holiday and we're spending it grilling on the beach. I'll post photos with Manu's iPhone on the Facebook page!