Have you ever seen those adorable white young coconuts in your natural foods store and wondered "What the heck am I supposed to do with THAT?" Here's one idea for you: Drink the very tasty and highly nutritious young coconut water inside! It's DELECTABLE.
Coconut water is the liquid that fills the cavity inside the young coconut. This water is colorless, slightly cloudy, and sweet-tasting. As a coconut ages, the water inside will lessen as the meat grows thicker.
Young coconuts are popular among the raw foods crowd who drink the juice and use the flesh inside for all sorts of yummy creations.
But for the unitiated, opening a young coconut to get to the meat inside may seem daunting. And that's because it kind of is. I, personally, prefer not to go through all the work.
Instead, I simply drink the coconut water inside. It's the perfect snack because it's so nutritious and it stops any cravings you might have for sweets.
I first fell in love with coconut water on a trip to Costa Rica. Here I am with a local who opened a mature coconut to provide the refreshing water inside. Man, was that thirst-quenching on a steamy hot day!
But the guy used a machete to open the coconut. Have you ever tried to open a mature green hairy coconut? OMG. It's cray-cray! As Sasster the Walking Disaster I'm lucky I didn't lop off my hand with the attempt.
So instead, I opt for young coconuts because it's MUCH easier to get at the coconut water inside.
Coconuts and their water, along with coconut products such as coconut milk, are a wonderful source of so many fantastic nutrients your body needs. Coconut has been used as both a food and a medicine for centuries in many cultures throughout the world. It's only recently that it's beginning to be noticed in these parts.
Drinking young coconut water provides a quick and easy source of nutrition without taxing the enzyme systems of the body. It improves the absorption of minerals, B vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins, as well as some amino acids.
But I think what I love best about coconuts is that the fats inherent in them are used by the body to produce energy, not make body fat. Coconuts stimulate metabolism, increase energy, and improve thyroid function, all of which aid in reducing unwanted body fat.
Young coconuts are relatively inexpensive costing around $2 each. But what a bargain for all the wonderful benefits.
Be sure to refrigerate your young coconuts and use them within 2-3 weeks. They WILL go bad on you. Believe me, you do NOT want to drink coconut water that has gone bad. Totally gross.
Here's a short little tutorial that will teach you how to get at the delicious and nutritious coconut water inside.
All you need is a hammer and a knife sharpener, although you can also use an icepick or a screwdriver. Personally, I prefer the knife sharpener because its thicker, rounded body creates the pefect hole for a straw. Be sure to clean the knife sharpener with soap and water before using.
Turn the coconut upside down and you'll be able to feel three soft spots. Search for the softest one, and position the point of the knife sharpener at this spot. Then holding the sharpener tightly, hammer down on the sharpener's handle until the sharpener is imbedded deeply into the inside of the coconut.
Remove the knife sharpener, stick a straw in the hole and go to town! Whoo-hoo!
There's nothing like cold coconut water -- it's SO refreshing.
Happy slurping! :)